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We are ‘massively over budget' insists chairman Hearn
MAGPIES’ chairman Shaun Hearn has quashed rumours of player wage cuts but admits the club has been “massively over budget” for the last three months.
His admission comes after Dorchester reportedly earned a six-figure sum for their run to the second round of the FA Cup last month.
Hearn told Echosport: “There are no wage cuts in players’ wages but the club has been massively over budget for the last three months.”
It remains to be seen how the news will be received among the supporters given the lucrative cash injection following the Magpies’ cup exploits.
On the pitch, the fitness of Sam Malsom, Neil Martin and Arran Pugh will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet South trip to Eastbourne Borough (3pm).
Malsom and Martin picked up hamstring strains in Tuesday’s 4-0 drubbing by Bromley while Pugh is rated at 50-50 to shake off his groin injury.
Lewis Morgan is unlikely to make his comeback after a recurrence of a groin problem in training this week.
“We must learn from our mistakes over recent weeks and get a reaction from midweek,” said assistant Stuart Heath.
“The players must show some trust and belief in themselves and each other.”
Magpies (from): Matthews, Jermyn, Martin, Walker, Clough, Gleeson, Colson, Nicholls, Watson, Logan, Malsom, Smeeton, Thompson, Crittenden, Brooks, Pugh.
* Dorchester Town Reserves’ home game against Portchester last night was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at the Avenue.