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MAGPIES: Simkin - My hands are tied
PHIL Simkin has vowed to battle on through the latest budget cuts at the Avenue Stadium.
Another round of financial restructuring has left the Dorchester boss with his hands tied ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Dover Athletic, but his affinity to the club and devotion to the town remains as strong as ever.
Non-contract keeper Tim Sandercombe has become the latest player to exit the county town outfit and Simkin claims others are likely to follow, as the Magpies continue to look to balance the books in the wake of last Saturday’s FA Cup exit.
Dave Ring has confirmed that the playing kitty is now down to £1,300 a week, while fellow club official Ian Winsor has dismissed claims of huge debts.
“We have no long-term historic debt,” said financial director Winsor. “All we owe to creditors is between £20,000 and £25,000, which is a normal level for any business.”
Simkin has admitted to feeling devastated about the whole situation but is determined to do all he can to cushion the blow.
He told Echosport: “It was bad enough losing half the side before the season started, but to now have to put all the players on the transfer list is about the final straw.
“Where we go from here I don’t know, but one thing is for sure and that is we will keep fighting on.
“It’s now a case of all hands to the pumps and the first priority is to get a squad together for Saturday’s trip to Dover.
“At this moment in time I don’t know who will still be here and who won’t by then, and it may be a case where we even have to sign on Stuart Heath (assistant manager) and Martyn Clark (football coach) to fill the bench.
“We will just have to see what transpires at training tonight and go from there.”
When asked whether he is likely to draw further on the youngsters in the reserves, Simkin went on to add: “We have got some talented young lads at the club, there is no doubt about that, but I am responsible for their safety and taking them would be a worry.
“Conference South is a big, physical league and the last thing I would want to do is put them out there when they are not ready for it.”
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