May 30, 2021 at 7:06 am #207807lesgeoParticipantOffline
Registered On: December 25, 2013
It would be extremely difficult to believe that the current squad remnants are costing the club all that much over £400k in the coming season.
Taft will surely be the most expensive – probably followed by Loft. Hallam has surely taken a significant pay cut.
By my reckoning, there should be some £600k to play with. Give or take.
Assuming free transfers as the norm, we can surely afford six players on an average of £80k + a number of youngsters/non-league gems on a lot less than half of that. Let’s say four more?
You can juggle the sums around if you want but there really is no reason why we should not be able to compete.
Hopefully, we may also be able to broker in the salary no longer paid to Russ and the scrapping of ‘the great experiment’. Perhaps just wishful thinking on my part.
The declared average salary for the division is just over £40k per player.
The budget will not be what we are used to but if Cox has done his job in identifying players from: his past history, contacts, sources, old pals etc – there is no reason whatsoever why we should automatically think that we have to be relegation candidates.
The other important factor is that there surely has to be a reduction in the humongous numbers of players who always seem to be carrying ongoing injuries.
A great many guesses in there, I know, but knowing the divisional average salary does mean that my suppositions may be out but not by any huge margin.May 30, 2021 at 10:03 am #207811alcazarParticipantOffline
Registered On: December 24, 2013
First off, why would decent players want to sign for a club which escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth, while changing nothing, choosing the same no hope players, and playing boring football?
Even given that they were big earners teleased to cut wages, why would they both take a pay cut snd sign for a no hope club?
Secondly, what on earth makes you believe we will not have the exact same injury problem we have had seemingly for years?
Seems you are carrying a bit of optimism a bit too far Les.May 30, 2021 at 10:31 am #207813cassidystashParticipantOffline
Registered On: January 4, 2014
Keiran Westwood as player/GK coach using Slocombe’s wages, Mussy’s wages and a bit of KVV’s?
Jem Karacan as player/Asst manager using Lillis’s wages, Russ’s wages and a bit of KVV’s?May 30, 2021 at 10:50 am #207815Iron-aweParticipantOffline
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Think the Karacan train has left the Iron station Cass, he’s far too good for league two and even if we offered him the roles you suggest would Swann really want to spend a lot of money on him, remember his aim is cutting everything now, particularly since he has the ground and wants no more interest payments on any future debt the club may rack up. It’s cheap but not very cheerful now I’m afraid, bit like the last three seasons only worse.May 30, 2021 at 11:02 am #207816NorthumbironParticipantOffline
Registered On: January 3, 2014
What you don’t factor in is gate money for season 21/22.
We don’t know as yet if fans will be allowed back in, what the maximum number will be if there’s still controls in place, and even if things got back to how they were pre-pandemic what sort of attendances we are going to see.
Three seasons of very poor performances, a near-death experience with non-league football and a season and a half with no fans in the ground. That’s not much of an incentive to get fans back through the turnstiles and get them munching on Swann’s pies and drinking his beer.
The days of a break even 3-3.5k attendances have passed. I can’t see gates getting much above 2k unless we are mounting a promotion challenge.
We were losing money before the “sale of the century” so I can see wages being cut further. Getting the likes of Hippo, KDT and Jarvis off the payroll would help but I can’t see a queue forming!
Is the old Division 3(N) trophy still in the cabinet? That might be worth a few bob at auction. It’s about the only thing Swann hasn’t sold off.May 30, 2021 at 11:08 am #207818Kenny SpennymoorParticipantOffline
Registered On: September 30, 2017
Was there ever any concrete figure for how much the budget was going to be cut by? If, as I have read the U-23 set up represented around 20% of the whole budget won’t the removal of this account for the majority of the budget reduction? As Les says, the average wage at this level isn’t huge, and there will be a lot of decent (for this level) players out there available on a free as everyone seems to be offloading players.May 30, 2021 at 11:41 am #207819lesgeoParticipantOffline
Registered On: December 25, 2013
My understanding is that £1.25 million was reducing to £1million.
Clearing out 17 might suggest that the club is starting afresh, Alcy.’Get in on the ground floor!’
Whoever this new batch is – we should soon know for sure whether it has been the club or the players signed responsible for such a dire injury record.
One thought. If we have a reasonably fit squad without too many injuries – we are probably no worse off on £1million than we were on £1.25.
Paying double the League Two going rate has to attract some decent players. A pretty good teacher, I once taught in a good comprehensive but would have soon gone to a poor one for double the salary.
£80k has to be attractive in that division. Often it is down to who you know. There’ll be more than a few who’ll come, rightly or not, because they want to work alongside Cox.
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