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Gainsborough Trinity will slash back their cash next season

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham

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Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham has confirmed his playing budget next season will be reduced.

But Housham is urging supporters not to fear the future and says not only can the team survive in Blue Square North, but they could survive at an even higher level.

The vote of confidence comes despite the fact that chairman Peter Swann has announced he will walk away from the club at the end of this season.

"Yes our playing budget will be lower next season," said Housham. "We have not talked about the numbers, but it will be considerably less."

"But it was always likely to be lower whether Peter Swann is here or not.

"Many of the players will not be offered the sort of money they are currently paid.

"But I firmly believe that money does not automatically bring you success.

"This is one of the reasons we are already looking to bring in younger players.

"None of the existing playing staff have contracts which take them into next season.

"If you are at any football club and your contract is coming to an end, your future is in doubt.

"They will have to work hard to earn themselves a deal and hopefully, we will get that sort of commitment."

Trinity chairman Swann announced at the end of August that he would stand down from his role when this season comes to an end.

Swann cited health reasons for his decision following a period of poor health.

After almost four years at the helm, Swann says he would have liked to have moved the club on to the next level.

But he suffered 'Thunderclap Headaches' and medical tests done at the time discovered a 12mm lesion on the right side of his brain.

"I am always optimistic and I believe Gainsborough Trinity will be competitive next season at this level, possibly even higher," Housham added.

"And who's to say that if we win the championship and get promoted, we wouldn't be able to change the chairman's mind.

"He (Swann) has been great for Trinity in what he has tried to do for the club and I will be trying to keep a smile on his face with performances on the pitch.

"There has been a lot of rumour and negative comments on forums about what might happen in the future and it is frightening.

"I have seen a lot of clubs fold, but I am confident Gainsborough Trinity will not be one of those.

"At the end of the day, we are a non-league club and we have non-league players.

"Most of my lads here have other jobs.

"Yes, it's great to get a bit of money, but in non-league this should not be your main income."

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