The Board of Hinckley United have issued a statement to set the record straight regarding the recent group of…..
…..players leaving the Blue Square Bet North club.
“Paul Lister was a non-contract player who was retained on last season’s pay structure by the former manager and as such was the club’s highest paid player by far.
“Lister got injured earlier on in the season and was paid in full in line with the club rules for non-contract players. Non-contract players are engaged on weekly expenses based on when they are fit to play and Lister was fully aware of this. Therefore recent comments in the press are somewhat off the mark.
“Phil Green was a contract player who unfortunately also got injured early on in the season.
“Green never asked the club to pay for his operation. His conduct has been somewhat disruptive throughout his tenure at the club and he was informed in November that his contract would not be renewed.
“Recently Green’s conduct resulted in a complaint from sponsors about his behaviour during matches so as a result of that the manager asked him to stay away from the club.
“For Green’s statement about outstanding wages to be correct under the terms of his contract he would have needed to be playing in every game, travelling three times a week and scoring a goal a game for the last three months?
“Charlie Raglan was another highly-paid contract player due to the length of his commute from his Manchester home.
“Raglan signed for the previous manager and never wanted to be with us after he left. We have tried to find him another club closer to his home but no one was interested.
“Like Green, Raglan became disruptive in the dressing room but now the embargo has been lifted he was allowed to leave and he goes with our blessing.
“Contrary to the gossip, Aaron Wint is still under contract with Hinckley United Football Club. Aaron did inform the manager that his work commitments were changing several weeks ago but it is up to the manager to decide who is retained or released from the club.
“As previously stated it would be necessary to make some very difficult decisions during the winter months and one was to pay off the HM Revenue & Customs Winding-Up Order which meant that December’s wage bill would be paid late.
“Whilst we received healthy gate receipts from the Chester game we only managed to generate a gross profit before football wages of £360 from the Brackley Town game and a gross profit before football wages of £56 from the Vauxhall Motors game and this will impact when we pay the January football wages which do not fall due until the end of next week.
“Whilst the board of directors are doing everything possible to turn a loss making club and business into one that breaks even as fast as possible, to obtain the time and cashflow to eventually turn it into a profitable business, it’s obvious from the bad press, gossip and rumours that there will always be a small minority intent on focussing on minor setbacks rather than the positives such as the efforts of all involved who are keeping the club afloat.
“Nonetheless the board of directors are fully committed to preserving the long-term future of the club and will continue to make these difficult decisions if it helps stabilise the club and gives us the opportunity to start next season on a level playing field.”