Manager John Snape insists there has been no indication of a fire sale at Worcester City in spite of a turbulent week.

Joint-boss and striker Lee Hughes quit last night to take a playing role at Halesowen Town hours after chairman Anthony Hampson announced the club may have to go “fully amateur” to afford a new stadium. That news came on the back of more than £290,000 in losses for the financial year up to the end of May 2017, City’s final season in National North before taking voluntary relegation to the Midland Football League.

Snape took the reins on a caretaker basis in January 2017 and within a fortnight faced the prospect of his entire squad being made available for transfer but there has yet to be any sign of a repeat this time. The rest of Snape’s backroom team is unchanged with a decision on whether or not to replace Hughes on or off the pitch to be reached in the coming days.

“We are at the club until further notice,” said Snape. “The dust hasn’t settled from Lee going yet but our focus is on getting the side ready for a difficult trip to Shepshed on Saturday.

“For now we will let the dust settle and I will be speaking to the chairman for an update on the short-term plan until the end of the season. The plan is for it to be discussed before the weekend.”

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