Chester FC chairman Tony Durkin feels 'very sorry for Hereford fans'
Chester chairman Tony Durkin says he feels very sorry for Hereford United fans after his club were reinstated in the Conference Premier.
Durkin told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It's a dreadful time. We've been there and we know what it's like. It's not nice.
"We wish them all the best in the future but for us it's wonderful news."
Now the club, who achieved three successive promotions prior to last season, will remain in the top tier of non-league football.
"We're really pleased," Durkin continued. "We have been waiting for quite a few weeks now to hear the outcome, one way or another.
"We're just very pleased that it's gone in our favour. We've got clear water in front of us now, which is great.
"It's such a relief, to put this behind us. We've virtually been on hold since the end of the season, we couldn't even set season ticket prices."
Hereford, who lost their place in the Conference for failing to pay debts, may now have to play in the Southern League next season.
"Obviously I feel very sorry for Hereford fans," Durkin added.
"Any help we can give to Hereford in supporting rebuilding them, we will be quite happy to help them along."