In a surprise announcement today - was it really a surprise - the Harriers manager came out publicly and said that it had almost come to the point that his job at Aggborough is now un-tenable:
"It's got to a point where my job has become impossible.
I've managed to put up with the situation throughout the summer, but now it has all come to a head and must be resolved immediately."
Stuart was referring to rumours all week in the media that the deal supposedly resolved two weeks ago regarding the clubs future was now in doubt and may never have been in place at all. This deal would have seen the present majority shareholder, Lionel Newton, hand his shares over to a consortium comprised of the Harriers Vice Chairman Barry Norgrove, Neil Savery and an as then un-named investor.
This deal seemed to suit Mr Newton at the time because it didn't include his arch enemy, David Reynolds. Later on in the week it emerged that the mysterious investor was one 'Gordon Howard' a Merseysider who was based in Bermuda but has relatives in the Cookley area.
It now turns out that 'Gordon Howard' could in fact be David Reynolds or a very good friend of his and that now makes the original deal worthless and so far no one has actually signed any paperwork to enable the deal to go ahead.
Conveniently both Barry Norgrove and Lionel Newton are on holiday in Spain and Wales respectively.
The upshot of this further example of sheer incompetence by the KHFC board and all parties involved is that Stuart was told to go out and start assembling a squad but not pay or insure them because of the lack of signatures. This week he has started to build that squad by bringing in some tried and tested defenders and midfielders along with a young lad for the future. He was also talking to other new players for signing next week but that is now all up in the air.
Tomorrow would have seen the first real challenge for this partly assembled squad but now SW has said that he cannot play any of the new signings unless something is resolved soon and that looks very unlikely. For tomorrows game at Bewdley Towns Meadow Ground he will have to play the remainder of the squad from last season and triallists. Stuart again:
"The contracts we agreed with the six new players are all due to start on August 1st, however we were going to give them written assurances that if they were injured before then that the club would honour their deals.
Unfortunately I have been told by the Kidderminster Consortium that I can't do this until the deal is completed.
As a result I will not put these players in the situation where they are playing without any kind of insurance; I wouldn't in their situation."
With another friendly at Bromsgrove Rovers next Tuesday it looks like the same scenario will happen again.
The only answer seems to be for this present board to act immediately and get this disgraceful mess sorted out and then resign with a fans and board consortium taking over the everyday running of OUR club. The sooner that happens, the sooner we can get on with normality.
If this does not happen then I cannot see Stuart being here for the Bromsgrove friendly let alone the beginning of the season.