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MAGPIES: Siege wars for Dorchester
PHIL Simkin is up for the challenge of keeping the Magpies in Skrill South this year and is currently scouring the area for reinforcements.
Budget cuts issued by the board earlier this week have forced the experienced boss to put the majority of his squad up for sale, but he is adamant the fight for survival is far from over.
Simkin, whose playing kitty is now down to just £1,300 a week, told Echosport: “At the moment, I have got people scouring the local area for players.
“They are all good friends of mine and they are trying to find decent players that would like to try their luck at this level.
“It’s inevitable that a few of the current squad will leave but if we can create a siege mentality in the dressing room and battle it out, who knows what could be achieved?
“We have just got to get off that bottom rung and there is still a long way to go for us to do that.
“Keeping the club up this year would without doubt be my greatest achievement in management and I am always up for a challenge. “ A meeting between the playing staff and the club’s directors was scheduled to take place at the Avenue Stadium last night.
Non-contract keeper Tim Sandercombe has already been released and there has also been plenty of interest in several other members of the squad.
Simkin added: “I have had calls from different clubs wanting to speak to certain players, so we will just have to wait and see what comes of it all.
“All of them are still being paid and unless a deal is done somewhere else, I fully expect them to travel to Dover Athletic tomorrow.”
The Magpies currently sit bottom of Skrill South with just four points from eight games but Simkin is adamant all is not lost.
He said: “Once things settle down over the next week or so, we should then know exactly what we have got to work with.
“It’s not going to be easy but I am still confident I know enough people to get a team together capable of getting results.
“A fit, strong and well-organised side can be difficult to beat at any level and, if we can achieve that, then we will always have a chance.”
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