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Haverfordwest hit by mass exodus after cash row; LEAGUE OF WALES: Chairman, manager and playing staff walk out after cut in players' expenses.

Byline: ANDREA MORGAN

THE chairman of League of Wales outfit Haverfordwest County believes the club have committed "football suicide" after he, the manager and the entire playing staff walked out after a row with the committee.

David Hughes led a mass exodus at the Pembrokeshire club after a row over players' expenses being drastically cut.

He said, "I think the club has committed football suicide. I have resigned in sympathy of the players of Haverfordwest County as I believe the committee have dealt with them very badly.

"At a meeting at the club on Tuesday night, decisions were made which I found totally unacceptable.

"The committee decided that it was important at this stage to make drastic cuts in the players' expenses.

"Although the club has been spending more than it was bringing in, considerable financial assets remain.

"The players and management of the League of Wales club decided to walk away en bloc. They were insulted by the offer made to them.

"I must say that I have sympathised with their view and acknowledge that they have been badly treated."

No-one from the Haverfordwest committee was available for comment but the club must now prepare to meet Oswestry away this weekend and Hughes says they will meet the commitment.

He said, "They will be fielding a team. There are four senior sides at the club so there will be no problem finding players.

"One of our sides plays in the Welsh League reserves division. But whether they are League of Wales standard remains to be seen. But it would be silly of me not to wish them all the best for the weekend."

Haverfordwest are not the only League of Wales club experiencing problems at the moment.

Gary Proctor has resigned as manager of Llanelli at Stebonheath after only eight months in the post.

Proctor was under increasing pressure as the team plummeted to third from bottom of the league.

Club chairman Robert Jones said, "He offered me his resignation and I accepted. There was no pressure from us and Gary thought it was time for him to go."

Llanelli have yet to appoint a successor to Proctor and assistant player/manager Ray John and football development officer Martin Evans will be in charge for their game with TNS at Stebonheath Park tomorrow.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 9, 2001
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