Harriers 'must listen to offers'

13 May 2009 02:20
Kidderminster boss Mark Yates says he would have to consider any serious offers for his players, because of the reduced playing budget at Harriers. Matt Barnes-Homer, Martin Riley, Brian Smikle and Sam Foley have all been offered new contracts. And Yates said: "There is no point in me fudging around the issue. We'd be delighted to keep those four. "But a couple of them are probably on too much money so if a realistic bid comes in we would have to look at it." The Harriers boss recently agreed a new one-year deal to remain at the club but he knows financial constraints mean that last season's successful squad will be decimated. He has already had to let England C goalkeeper Adam Bartlett and star midfielder Chris McPhee leave Aggborough, while club captain Mark Creighton has joined Oxford United on a three-year contract. Yates is well aware of the size of the task facing him and his assistant Neil Howarth. "It's a tough climate out there," he said. "It's tough for businesses and obviously the football club is a business. "There are a lot of clubs that are going to be tightening their purse strings and we are the first of a few." The Aggborough boss said he delayed signing his new deal until he and Howarth were satisfied they could put together a competitive squad with the budget they had been allocated. After his success in guiding Harriers to a sixth-place finish in the Blue Square Premier, Yates revealed there had been a couple of tentative enquiries as to his likely availability. "There were one or two phone calls but nothing of major interest," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester. "The bottom line is that we wanted to stay as we enjoy working at Kidderminster. "Of course everybody wants to progress and do better for themselves, but we're here and we've accepted the terms offered to us," he added. Yates admits it is going to be tough to emulate the achievements of last season as he will have to rebuild his squad. "I was obviously disappointed, particularly on the back of last season," he said. "I just felt that if we could have kept around 85% of the current squad plus three or four additions, we could have been a real force. "We had the nucleus of a really young, hungry, quality team and the disappointment is that that will be broken up for financial reasons."

Source: BBC_Sport