Hereford FC manager Pete Beadle has denied illegally approaching an Alvechurch player.

Speaking to the Bromsgrove Advertiser, ‘Church boss Ian Long said that Hereford tried to contact the central defender behind their back after an earlier approach had been rejected. And he said that matters came to a head on Sunday when he claims Hereford rang Carter while he was watching the Aston Villa game against Birmingham City – when he was in the company of Alvechurch chairman Richard Thorndike.

“Ash passed the phone over to Richard, at which point Hereford rang off,” said Long. “Then Ash admitted there had been previous conversations between them.

“I want to state here and now that Ash is under contract and all this is doing is having an unsettling effect. It’s both illegal and disrespectful to Alvechurch.

“As you can tell, I’m extremely unhappy about it because I believed we had a good relationship with Hereford. Just because Hereford are a big club, it doesn’t mean they can do what they like and I will be speaking with our chairman over the situation.

“I’ve since been in touch with Hereford manager Peter Beadle and I hope that will be the end of the matter.”

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