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Accrington given tax adjournment

Accrington Stanley

Accrington have been granted more time to repay the outstanding tax bill that threatens the club's future.

Stanley were facing a winding up order, brought by HM Revenue and Customs, over an unpaid bill of £308,000.

But at the High Court on Wednesday, officials of the League Two club promised that the money would be paid within a week.

Mr Registrar Simmonds adjourned the hearing to give the Lancashire outfit more time to settle the debt.

"Within the next seven days the winding-up order will be withdrawn and it'll no longer exist," chief executive Rob Heys told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We managed to repay £100,000 this morning with another £100,000 to follow either today or tomorrow. That leaves us with another £108,000 still outstanding.

Football's all about supporters and not individuals

Accrington chief executive Rob Heys

"We thought the remaining money was going to be in our account but unfortunately it isn't.

"There's work to do in the next seven days which will certainly be the main focus at the football club."

Heys said it is impossible to tell if he and chairman David O'Neill will still be charge in the coming weeks.

"It's very difficult to say," admitted the chief executive.

"Football's all about supporters and not individuals. We do still believe we've got a job to do but much of that is up to other people as much as ourselves."

Heys paid tribute to key members of the Accrington Stanley Supporters Fund who offered their financial backing to the club's plight

"They've thrown their weight behind our argument and we're very grateful for that," he said.

"They've said they'll guarantee any shortfall of the £108,000 which is not made within the next seven days.

"Ilyas Khan [local businessman and club shareholder] has stepped in to assist the club. We've said all along that everybody who was involved in the whole situation had the best wishes of the club at heart and Ilyas has certainly shown that today."

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