A TRANSFER Embargo is putting the brakes on Northwich Vics’ drive to Blue Square Premier safety.
Manager Steve King says that he was about to bring six top-class players, who had agreed terms, to the Marston’s Arena that would have shot struggling Vics up the league.
But the transfer freeze, imposed by the Football Conference last month due to Vics’ worrying financial situation, has stopped King from bringing in any new faces.
“It’s absolutely killing me,” he said. “I had six players lined up that are absolutely quality. Some of them have vast experience from the football league while a couple of them know this league inside out.
“They were done deals but I can’t bring them in now. If they had come to Vics then there is no way we’d be in this situation.”
The transfer embargo was placed on Vics when the league requested to see the club’s accounts including details of the six-figure debt to HM Revenue and Customs.
Football Conference general manager Dennis Strudwick said that the embargo was only there to make sure the club did not fall further into debt and that the Birmingham-based organisation was working alongside Vics to allay their financial troubles.
He said: “The embargo will remain there until they (Vics) can provide us with certain information and we know that the football club is working extremely hard to do this.
“They need to acknowledge the embargo, speak to creditors and then prepare a payment plan before the embargo can be lifted.
“We don’t want clubs to increase their debt. We want to encourage clubs to act responsibly when it comes to spending money and repaying debt.
“If they can’t pay back the debts then they need to put a payment plan together.”
Club owner Jim Rushe says that he is getting all the paperwork in place and that he is working hard to get the transfer ban lifted.
Meanwhile the sale of the Marston’s Arena saga is about to take another twist.
Former chairman Mike Connett’s company Beconet, which owns the Wincham football stadium, is subject to a winding-up hearing today.
If the firm is wound up then Rushe confirmed that he would be contacting administrators at Deloitte, who are seeking a buyer for the ground, to see if Vics could operate the ground on a temporary basis.
This Saturday, Vics, who are still bottom of the league, host high-flying Histon (3pm).
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