Shaw can’t sign players until money comes in

Worksop Town (yellow/blue v Stamford (red)- The Evo-Stik League Premier Division. Alex Pursehouse
Worksop Town (yellow/blue v Stamford (red)- The Evo-Stik League Premier Division. Alex Pursehouse
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Mark Shaw says he will not be responsible for taking Worksop Town into debt by signing up players on a projected budget.

The Tigers boss is desperate for cash to come into the club through sponsorship and the #Team500 Club, so he can get working on a squad for the new NCEL Premier season.

But until the fundraising campaign hits its targets, there will be no playing side insists the manager.

“If we have the #Team500 Club then we can have a very good side for the next two to three years,” he said.

“If people are putting their £200 in then they want a good team, playing good football and playing for the shirt.”

“Players are waiting for me to give them the okay on finances, players like Alex Pursehouse, Jon Stewart, Craig Clay, Nicky Travis, Jack Barnett – players better than you’d expect at the level we’re going into.”

“But I refuse to work on a projected budget, I refuse to be the person who puts the club into debt.”

Shaw says the almost £30,000 raised so far is to go on the club’s overheads, like rent, insurance, training facilities – so there is presently no scope for signing players.

He also hinted that he might not be the man in the dugout come the 2014/15 season if there is no money for a squad.

“We haven’t got a playing side until we pass some of our targets financially,” he said.

“Simply put, if we don’t get people on board there will be no club.”

“And if we don’t have a budget then it probably needs someone with a lot more local knowledge to come in and manage and find locally based players to come and play for next to nothing.”

For the latest on the #Team500 Club and the latest wave of fundraising activities, see page 95