Heggs keeps team ready while hoping for solution

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn player/boss Carl Heggs is refusing to break up his Unibond Premier Division promotion-chasing outfit until the club's financial fate is sealed.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn player/boss Carl Heggs is refusing to break up his Unibond Premier Division promotion-chasing outfit until the club's financial fate is sealed.

Heggs and his playing squad have pledged to stay at The Walks in the short term, despite the postponement of Saturday's Guiseley league fixture.

Lynn's reserve and junior sides also face a blank weekend while the club's board battle to avoid a High Court winding up order over an unpaid �67,000 tax bill.

A realistic Heggs admitted yesterday it looks increasingly like he has taken charge of his last match at the helm.

"It's unfortunate that we couldn't have one last game if that is how it turns out," said Heggs.

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"It would've been fantastic to play in front of maybe 4,000 fans but I couldn't make them play. It wouldn't be right because there are issues like the insurance side of things.

"I've allowed Liam Murray to play for Redditch this weekend as a favour to their manager but at the minute the priority is my players.

"I had to ring them all up and say we weren't training this week but to sit tight over the weekend.

"The club looks like it is going to the wall but we have to stay positive. I want them to show loyalty to me and the fans and I will show loyalty to them.

"You feel for the supporters. We're not a club that has 120 turn up, we get 1,000 or so. These players might come back with other clubs or even be part of a re-formed King's Lynn and I want them to get a good reception and fans to realise they did everything they could."

Heggs now just wants closure over the coming few days.

"This is the worst I've felt in 22 years of being involved in the game," he said. "What makes it harder for me is these players are here because of Carl Heggs. I didn't come into a club with players already here or even a kitman or a physio but I have built it up and now we've eight under 21 on contract and we're a good football side.

"My budget was never more than �3,500 per week and some weeks it was below �3,000. That was for 16 players, a manager, an assistant plus a physio and kitman.

"I wasn't spending big money and I don't want anyone thinking this is down to me.

"I've told my players I will do all I can to get them fixed up because they are like my children. Bobby Aisien could have played in a trial game for Charlton but I have told him not to until we find out either way.

"Leicester would take a look at Andy Boyce, Northampton have been in touch about Owen (Story) and Joe (Magunda). I know my lads will be alright."

Heggs himself faces an uncertain future if Lynn does fold - despite his extensive network of contacts.

"As a player it would be easier to find another club. As a manager it's not that easy," he said. "There's only one to every club. It's not like you have five centre forwards on the books.

"I hope people think I've done a good job but I will be unemployed next week. I've got a wife, an eight-year-old son and a six-year-old girl and football is my only means of income.

"I don't want to be a number two but a job is a job and if I have to go in somewhere as a reserve manager in the league then I have to consider it."

Heggs revealed his turmoil over the club's failure to settle the tax debt.

"I never expected it to actually come to this because I was told the tax bill would be taken care of," he said. "I just turned my phone off at 6pm on Wednesday because I couldn't take it any more.

"I felt really, really ill and sick. I was so stressed I thought I could be in danger of a heart attack. That is how much it has affected me."