Hearn: Magpies will be sensible after money-making cup run

Dorset Echo: SENSIBLE: Shaun Hearn SENSIBLE: Shaun Hearn

DORCHESTER Town chairman Shaun Hearn has stated that the first-team squad needs to be trimmed before any new signings are brought in.

The Magpies’ supremo told Echosport it was “business as usual” at the Avenue in light of the club netting a six-figure sum for their cup exploits this season.

Hearn is confident Dorchester supporters won’t be expecting a sudden influx of fresh faces following the cash injection but did reveal some of the funds would go towards the building of the planned new function room.

“At the end of the day it’s business as usual,” said Hearn. “The money from the cup run does help to stabilise the club, which is great, but it’s not going to be life-changing.

“A lot of people have said a lot of nice things about us and a cup run can raise expectations but we can’t spend money we don’t have.

“We have to pay for things like policing, health and safety as well as two trips to Luton so even if you do well in the cup the money you earn isn’t all profit, that’s for sure.”

On the squad, he added: “We’ve got a massive squad at the moment and we are going to be looking at cutting it, not adding to it. We’re not going to spend silly money on players.

“The stability of the club is the most important thing and we aren’t going to do anything stupid, we’re not that sort of club.

“We brought a couple of lads in this season which we did for no other reason but to strengthen the squad in the areas the management felt we needed to.”

Dorchester’s run to the second round of the FA Cup, including the dramatic 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle – the club earned just under £65,000 for the match being shown live on ESPN – has already made it a memorable season for Hearn.

With the Blue Square Bet South table so tight there is also the possibility of a shot at the play-offs.

“Whatever happens from now on we’ve had a fantastic season and I’m happy with the number of points we’ve got at the moment,” he added.

“The sooner we get to 40 the better but the whole club should be proud of our achievements.

“We’ll have a crack at getting into the play-offs but that remains to be seen. There are about 12 teams who are looking to do that too and we are going into a really busy period where the games come thick and fast.

“It’s a strong league and anyone can beat anyone. You can be as close to promotion as you are to relegation and we have got a squad that on their day is capable of getting the results.

“As a club we want to continue to move forward and stability is the most important thing.”

 

 

 

 

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9:53am Thu 13 Dec 12

212 dorset says...

Hearn states "this is not going to be life changing ". This is an incredibly worrying statement and one that all magpies fans should be questioning. The club has just obtained in excess of £150,000 for its superb cup runs. This should guarantee a stable future for many years. This sort of money is huge in terms of non league football and to say its not life changing is worrying .
Hearn states "this is not going to be life changing ". This is an incredibly worrying statement and one that all magpies fans should be questioning. The club has just obtained in excess of £150,000 for its superb cup runs. This should guarantee a stable future for many years. This sort of money is huge in terms of non league football and to say its not life changing is worrying . 212 dorset
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10:23am Thu 13 Dec 12

Moreton Magpie says...

It's a huge amount in terms of non-league football wages, but not a huge amount, by any stretch of the imagination, for construction costs. The original plans for the function room were the most basic and affordable plans the club could realistically build and even then it came to over £100,000.
It's a huge amount in terms of non-league football wages, but not a huge amount, by any stretch of the imagination, for construction costs. The original plans for the function room were the most basic and affordable plans the club could realistically build and even then it came to over £100,000. Moreton Magpie
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10:31am Thu 13 Dec 12

terra firma says...

Perhaps this is a case of glazed looks all round!
Perhaps this is a case of glazed looks all round! terra firma
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4:00pm Thu 13 Dec 12

imthere says...

as he waves goodbye from heathrow for a month in hawaii !!
as he waves goodbye from heathrow for a month in hawaii !! imthere
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4:16pm Thu 13 Dec 12

bedpans says...

It would be interesting to know how the money has been spent.We know the Chairman invested his own money into the company but if money is owed to creditors, as I belive it is, he cannot treat himself as a preferential creditor.Rumour abounds as to where the money has gone. Lets see a statement so all is transparant
It would be interesting to know how the money has been spent.We know the Chairman invested his own money into the company but if money is owed to creditors, as I belive it is, he cannot treat himself as a preferential creditor.Rumour abounds as to where the money has gone. Lets see a statement so all is transparant bedpans
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4:17pm Thu 13 Dec 12

212 dorset says...

“We brought a couple of lads in this season which we did for no other reason but to strengthen the squad in the areas the management felt we needed to.”

On the squad, he added: “We’ve got a massive squad at the moment and we are going to be looking at cutting it, not adding to it.

So what Mr Hearn is saying is that Dorchester will remain an average mid table , lower half team for the foreseeable future. What a negative, backward thinking club. Any danger of Mr Hearn showing some ambition?
“We brought a couple of lads in this season which we did for no other reason but to strengthen the squad in the areas the management felt we needed to.” On the squad, he added: “We’ve got a massive squad at the moment and we are going to be looking at cutting it, not adding to it. So what Mr Hearn is saying is that Dorchester will remain an average mid table , lower half team for the foreseeable future. What a negative, backward thinking club. Any danger of Mr Hearn showing some ambition? 212 dorset
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7:18pm Thu 13 Dec 12

PHonnor says...

If the bloke has bankrolled the club then surly he should be allowed to take some of it back, dont blame him at all tbh
If the bloke has bankrolled the club then surly he should be allowed to take some of it back, dont blame him at all tbh PHonnor
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