Steve Burr insists the club should have no qualms about a possible reprieve from relegation.

Debt-ridden Hereford United has been ordered to repay all football creditors and provide ‘compelling evidence’ they can complete the 2014-15 season.

If those debts remain unpaid and that evidence is not forthcoming, the Bulls could be expelled from the Football Conference on Saturday.

As the club that finished in the final relegation berth, the Blues would remain in the Conference Premier.

Burr said: “I’m one of those people who thinks rules are rules, and if rules are broken then action should be taken.

“We have done everything right and the rules are the same for all clubs.

“Whatever happens, happens but when players have not been paid and rules have been broken then something should be done.

“If we are fortunate enough to get a reprieve then we will take it and try to make the most of it.”

Hereford are reported to owe about £200,000 to football creditors and another £100,000 to HMRC, and the debts include unpaid wages for loan signings.

Bulls chairman David Keyte said new owner Tommy Agombar would repay the football creditors on the proviso the club’s place in the top flight of non-league football was guaranteed.

In attempting to play hard ball with the Conference, Keyte and Agombar are on dangerous ground.

Protecting the integrity of the league is the Conference board’s chief concern, as evidence in 2011 when cash-strapped Rushden and Diamonds were expelled.

Chairman Brian Lee, vice chair and Southport owner Charlie Clapham and the rest of the board want to see action, not words.

Little is known about Agombar, his intentions or his wealth.

He describes himself as a ‘football man’ – his son Harry had a spell with the then Stephen Vaughan-owned Floriana in Malta – and maintains he wants what’s best for the club.

But having been through it all themselves, Blues fans know such talk is best treated with caution.

No supporter would wish to see a proud old club like Hereford in such a state, especially those whose own club disappeared in a courtroom.

Chester will have no bearing on the final decision, Hereford will be get the chance to prove the debts have been paid, or convince the league to allow them to continue and settle up later.

General manager Dennis Strudwick put it best when he said the league was ‘not here to put clubs out of business’ but ‘here to protect our members’.

If any doubt remains over the Bulls’ ability to see out next season on Saturday then the Blues could well return to the Conference Premier without kicking a ball.