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MAGPIES: More players set to leave Avenue
DORCHESTER Town co-chairman Neal Butterworth says he expects more players to leave the club before the financial situation at the Avenue is stabilised.
Butterworth admits money is “extremely tight” at the moment and “likely to get tighter” during the winter as the cold weather starts to take a hold on fixtures.
And the man who becomes sole Magpies’ chairman tomorrow when Shaun Hearn’s resignation from the board comes into effect, feels the quicker personnel changes are made the better it will be for Phil Simkin’s side.
“Money is extremely tight, no doubt about that, and it’s likely to get tighter with the likelihood of postponed matches during the winter,” he told Echosport.
“We’ve lost three players so far and I expect we will need to reduce numbers a little bit further.
“We are making some progress in that respect and we want to get to where we need to be quickly so everything settles down.
“When we do I think we will then see some changes in the performances as well.
“I had a meeting with Phil the other day and both of us are very positive about where the team can go.
“We have to make reductions financially but with that come opportunities.”
Supporters will get the lowdown on the club’s affairs, and have the chance to put questions to the Magpies’ hierarchy, next Monday (6.30pm) when the Avenue hosts a fans’ forum.
One subject that could come up for discussion given the events at rivals Weymouth recently is the potential for outside investors to put money into the club.
Butterworth says he has had no offers of private investment and reiterated the need for long-term security.
He added: “As far as I’m concerned, we are doing absolutely the right thing for the club.
“We are looking after it and doing anything to ensure it is sustainable in the long term.
“We need supporters to help us do that and we would like them to get more involved.
“The fans’ forum is an opportunity to do that and I would like to see us hold forums more regularly.
“People can get a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes and see what people are already doing to help.
“We want to be as transparent as possible and that’s one of the reasons for a fans’ forum.”
He went on to say: “If a millionaire came along and wanted to put money into the club on a donation basis we would work with them, but in a way that secures the long-term survival of the club.
“We want to keep the majority shareholding in supporters’ hands.”
Dorchester’s next home league game is against Basingstoke Town on October 26, the day before a fundraising match between the fans and the Heritage Automotive XI (1pm).
Before all that the Magpies entertain Yeovil Town in a friendly next Tuesday (7.45pm).
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