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Be tough on big spenders - Turner

Graham Turner
Hereford owner Graham Turner warns that there are tough times ahead.

Hereford United supremo Graham Turner has demanded a harsher penalty for over-reaching clubs that go bust, predicting more could go to the wall.

"I don't think a 10-point penalty is severe enough for clubs who have spent too much money," the Bulls chairman and manager told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"They over spend on players and the squads are too big, too expensive.

"A lot of them will hold out until the close season, but they will start next season with a 10-point penalty."

Turner added: "You have to look at the punishment. They take the penalty, they wipe off all the debts paying 10 pence in the pound.

I would like to see a stricter code of disciplines on the financial side of clubs to stop the over spending, the reckless spending, in some cases

Hereford chairman Graham Turner

"They keep all the good players in there and start afresh next season.

"I would like to see a stricter code of disciplines on the financial side of clubs to stop the over spending, the reckless spending, in some cases.

"It has been known for directors to go into a club, spend as much as they can, put the club in the lurch and walk away from it.

"There is a forecast that the next three years will be tough for football.

"But we are in a position where we can withstand that recession and be strong at the end of it all."

Turner's Hereford, promoted to League One this time a year ago, currently look destined to go straight back to League Two.

With just eight games left, they sit 23rd in the table, nine points adrift of safety.



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