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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Gowling Waits For His Budget

Hereford FC manager Josh Gowling has said that he doesn't know what his budget will be for the forthcoming season until the club has more idea how many spectators can watch games whilst Covd-19 restrictions are in force.

He also remains uncertain when the new season will commence.

"It's all well and good giving dates but unless you give an idea of how we start back then the dates are irrevelant," Gowling told Radio Hereford FC. 

"The club can't give me a budget because they don't know what fans can come in. It's highly frustrating.

"And the fans want to buy tickets but they don't know when the season will start."

Whenever the season does start Gowling wants his players fit.

"I need my players to train and get fit ready for the season."

Gowling hopes there will be plenty of time for pre-season.

"I don't want a situation where they say four weeks to the start of the season. I want to get it sorted so I can get the lads back in training. We need six to eight weeks because of the lay-off.

"When the National League give the club a date, or an indication, the club can then make decisions."

As reported earlier on BN, Gowling has said he tried to keep Kelsey Mooney but the played has had an offer from a football league side.

"We wanted him to stay here and develop, I think someone of his age if he goes into a Football League club now and it doesn’t work where does he go from there?

"So from my point of view he would have been better off staying with us possibly until January scoring loads of goals and then he might have gone on.

"I’m disappointed he has gone, but at the end of the day everybody has got aspirations of getting into the league and hats off to him, he’s had an offer and he feels he couldn't turn that down.

"Jagger-Cane, we agreed something and then it took too long to get done, so I decided to move on from that.

"For me the lads I sign want to be at the football club, they want to be here. Don't get me wrong Cane is a fantastic character, the lads loved him. An offer was made, it was accepted and then took too long to get done.

"So that’s enough for me, I’ve moved on from it. The rest of the lads through the training times, where we’re training, all that sort of stuff it just didn’t fit.

"We’re looking to bring in some fresh faces, young, hungry, a bit more experience to push us forward and kick on from last year." 

Gowling also said that his hope to have training three mornings a week looks unlikely given the finances at the club. 

"We're in negotiations with a training ground at the moment.

"The only thing with our training is because of what has happened with the budget with the losses we incurred last year it will probably be two mornings a week rather than three.

"A lot of the players have taken pay cuts. It shows their committment to the football club that they are willing to sign for the football club even on less wages than last year. That's a real positive.