Leese wants action taken over Southern League clubs' financial concerns

Hereford United played Wycombe Wanderers as recently as 2011 - next season Chesham United are on their scheduled fixture list

Hereford United played Wycombe Wanderers as recently as 2011 - next season Chesham United are on their scheduled fixture list

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

CHESHAM United boss Andy Leese believes Southern League clubs should be made to submit quarterly financial statements to the authorities, after clubs in the division raised concerns at Hereford United's ability to complete the season.

Last year Hinckley United folded midway through the season and there are similar concerns the financially stricken Bulls could go the same way.

Hereford, who were in the Football League just two years ago, were kicked out of the Conference in the summer after failing to pay off a succession of creditors.

Fans are boycotting the club over what they see as a string of broken promises from their unpopular new owners, leaving them with an even bigger financial black hole to plug.

There's currently no safety officer in place at Edgar Street and with the Bulls facing another winding up order in court there's doubt if they will even be able to kick off the season.

And Leese said the authorities need to get a better handle on what's happening behind the scenes at the clubs under their jurisdiction.

The Generals manager said: "It's frustrating. I understand they have to find a league and it's great we've got a full complement of teams.

"But I've said it before there ought to be a system where, every quarter, clubs who are serious about what they do should be submitting financial statements to the league to outline where they are and whether they have the money to make the halfway point, or the end.

"From day one it can be handled better if there were better financial management practices in place."

He added: "They [Hereford] are going to have to do something pretty serious just to get the season going. It's far from ideal. It distorts the league table, like it did last year with Hinckley.

"The uncertainty is just baffling. I don't know why, with the way financial management is now, it can't be sorted to everyone's satisfaction."

Chesham are due to host the Bulls on November 15, with the return fixture at Edgar Street scheduled for March 14.

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