It has been reported today that young striker Michael Coulson has returned to BarnsleyFC after scoring once in five outings on loan at Blue Square Premier side Chester City. The Deva Stadium club wanted to keep the player for another month but couldn’t find the finances to pay the players’ wages.
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As reported over the weekend, City have been handed a further extension by the games’ governing bodies, as all parties seek a solution to the Deva Stadium outfit’s outstanding football creditors.
City were originally instructed to settle all their outstanding debts on or before October 26. This deadline was extended until yesterday by the Conference. However, the club have now been given an extra fortnight to sort the matter out and avoid possible expulsion from the Blue Square Conference.
A statement issued today by the Football Conference said: “In relation to matters appertaining to Chester City FC and their obligations to meet requirments to pay football creditors, due to be met no later than today, Monday, 16th November 2009.
“On Thursday, 12th November, 2009, notification was received from the Board of the Football League that they required further time to enable them to seek and take legal advice on the award and distribution of possible payments to Chester City FC from monies held by the Football League Ltd.
“As a consequence of this request, the Football Conference has agreed, that in the interests of the competition as a whole, to extend the date of compliance to Monday, 30th November 2009 for Chester City FC to fully comply with the financial payments ordered against them.
“The Board re-iterate their previous statement that any failure to make such payments in full by this date will lead to a move to call a meeting of member clubs to consider the club’s expulsion from membership in accordance with the rules of the Football Conference”.
It is understood that Chester are endeavouring to utilise monies from their discretionary Football League Parachute payment, due following the club’s relegation last season to pay off their creditors.
A transfer embargo still hangs over the club. However, if they can find the cash, Chester will be allowed to extend the temporary loan signings of defender Jonathan Flynn from Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley midfield player Michael Coulson, both players’ initial one-month loan deals finish this week.
Chester City have signed three three new players in time for today’s match with Gateshead. The clash at the International Stadium pits bottom of the table City against the Blue Square Premier new boys.
Ian Bogie’s Gateshead are finding life in the top tier of non-league football tough at present having won just three of their 15 games so far.
Chester boss Jim Harvey will be hoping the addition of three new faces to the Deva Stadium squad will heap more misery on Bogie’s men whilst aiding their own fight for survival.
New Chester chairman Ian Anderson said: “There is a centre-half from Blackburn, a winger from Blackburn and a winger from Barnsley. We’ve done the deals as far as I understand and hopefully all three will be signed in time for the weekend.” The three players are believed to be Blackburn Rovers’ Andy Howarth and Johnny Flynn, and Michael Coulson from Barnsley.
Barnsley youngster Michael Coulson has today joined Chester City on a 28-day emergency loan.
The striker, who signed for the Reds from Scarborough in 2006, enjoyed a successful spell out on loan at Northwich Victoria in 2007. He has made 25 appearances for the Reds in total, netting two goals.