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MAGPIES: Simkin gets vote of confidence
MAGPIES’ boss Phil Simkin has got the full backing of the Dorchester Town board, according to the club’s co-chairman Neal Butterworth.
The Dorchester Town hierarchy are supporting Simkin “100 per cent” with Butterworth praising the manager for doing an “excellent job”.
While Butterworth issued a vote of confidence to the county town chief, he confirmed that none of the money from the sales of Kieffer Moore and Charlie Clough would be going back into the playing budget.
However, Butterworth admitted to Echosport that with outstanding debts being paid off, the financial position of the club is “pretty good” at the moment.
The club earned a six-figure sum from their giant-killing run in the FA Cup last season and the hope among everyone at the Avenue is for a repeat performance this time around.
The Magpies begin their cup campaign at home to Shortwood United today (3pm) with progression into the third qualifying round crucial for the county town club.
And after the win over Chelmsford City last Saturday, Butterworth is hopeful that Simkin and his players can clear the first hurdle given the potential rewards on offer.
“Finally getting that win last weekend was such a confidence booster ahead of the FA Cup,” he said. “And I can’t under-estimate how important the cup is for us.
“Phil and the players are up for it and fingers crossed that what happened last year can happen again.
“We are supporting Phil 100 per cent and I think he is doing an excellent job.”
Commenting on the transfer fees received for Moore and Clough, he added: “We are using the money that’s coming back in to help the club become sustainable.
“We are paying off debts and the financial position is pretty good right now as we are looking to the future.
“We want a club in the long term so the money won’t necessarily work its way through to the playing budget.
“I’m extremely happy with the new ownership model and I can see nothing but fantastic opportunities and developments in the future.”
Butterworth is aware of the dip in crowd numbers at recent home games but feels it is inevitable given the results on the field and the competition the club is up against off it.
“A large part of that is the team not doing well but, after last week’s win and the FA Cup this weekend, hopefully things will start to pick up,” he added.
“We’re always grateful to the support we get but when you’ve got Bournemouth and Yeovil in the Championship, it is going to have an effect.
“And we have to accept that there are still people uncertain about the change towards community ownership, but I think people are beginning to get past that and support it.
“The gates are a concern but we’re hoping a few wins will help that.”
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