Budget cuts in best interests of the club

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Lancaster City Director of Football Mick Hoyle says the budget cuts that ultimately led to the resignation of joint managers Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow are a good business decision for the long term future of the club.

Michael Stringfellow are a good business decision for the long term future of the club.

The duo resigned following a board meeting on Monday after learning that their wage budget would decrease for the remainder of the season.

Also departing the club is director Ian Sharp, quitting the board for personal reasons, while two directors are also considering their future at the club.

Hoyle said: “In the league position we are now – we won’t reach the playoffs and we will not be relegated – the board feel that to save money by reducing the wage bill and adding to the kitty for next season we will have a platform to properly fund a promotion push.”

“After losing three points for fielding an ineligible player (Sam Kelly was not registered for the victory at Ossett Albion), seeing Ian Sharp resign as director for personal reasons and losing at Prescot Cables on Saturday we had to reassess our position and this is the right thing to do.

“We feel that this, cutting the budget, is a positive move and in the best interests of Lancaster City football club.”

Hoyle respects the loyalty of Stringfellow and Wainwright in resigning together in an attempt to save their players.

He said: “It is a very admirable thing to do, they felt they could not work under those conditions and though I asked them to rethink their decision they stood by it.”

He will take charge of the team for the remainder of the season with Derek Bull as his assistant and Ryan Elderton as a player-coach.

The squad trained last night (Thursday) and while Hoyle expects to see players leave immediately he hopes the majority will stay and fight for a place next season.

He said, “This not only gives some of our under 18s the chance to have two or three games to prove they are good enough but offers the opportunity for players to show they want to play for this club, fight for a place and form a better side next season.”

“I am determined to see some positivity around the club, we want to build for next season and that means taking a hit now.”

The Lancaster City Fans’ fund, which supplements the wage bill, will not be drawn on by the board for the next two months in another move to save money for next season.