Frickley Athletic forced to reduce team playing budget

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FRICKLEY Athletic’s board of directors has been forced to take steps to safeguard the club’s future by reducing the team’s playing budget with immediate effect.

The South Elmsall club has announced a shortfall in income owing to a drop in sponsorship deals, gate money and bar income.

And they’ll hold talks with all first team players over the next week regarding their future, although manager Peter Rinkcavage has said he expects some of the club’s higher earners to move on to pastures new.

A club statement read: “The board of Frickley Athletic have reluctantly had to take the decision to reduce the playing budget between now and the end of the season. The decision was a hard one to make given that the manager Peter Rinkcavage is currently building a competitive squad but, the board were not prepared to put the future of the club in jeopardy by overspending on wages.”

The Evo-Stik Premier Division club has stressed it’s in “an otherwise healthy financial state with no debts other than its manageable bank overdraft facility and the reduction in playing budget is to maintain this position.”

Monies also paid to the Blues’ ‘100 Club’ will continue to be used for various projects away from the day-to-day running of the club.

Rinkcavage has insisted he’ll remain at the club to try and keep them in the Premier Division this term, something he insists is going to be “very, very difficult”.

The Blues lost their fifth game on the spin against Whitby Town on Monday and sit in 17th, three points above the relegation zone.

He said: “There’s going to be a big cut to the budget; it’s something I knew about a few weeks ago but it’s something that came out of the blue. It’s going to be tough and it’s disappointing, but I can understand what the club is doing.

“I want to stay, I’m not a club hopper, but it’s going to be really difficult now and it’s all about finishing fifth from bottom.

“I think we need six wins to do that and it’s now time for everyone involved with the club to rally together for its future.

“It’s a great club at the heart of the community and we need everyone to come along and support it between now and the end of the season.”

The Blues boss is expecting a full squad to travel to Matlock Town on Saturday, including Mark Gray, who he’s hoping will arrive back on-loan from Gainsborough Trinity.

He and the club will then sit down with all players to discuss their future with Frickley.

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