Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-12

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Boro’ in no rush to sign up squad for new season NEWS&MAIL Farnboroug­h manager Spencer Day says doubts over whether fans will be allowed to watch matches and if the club can hold functions will dictate finances, but he hopes to keep hold of the majority of last season’s squad LES WILLIAMS, AN181535 BOSS DAY REMAINS RELAXED AMID FINANCIAL UNCERTAINT­Y By KAYLEE SECKINGTON doing to the world’s economy, then I think we will have done very, very well. So it’s important we don’t rush, we don’t make it worse for us individual­ly, our communitie­s and the NHS.” But amid the uncertaint­y, Day did have a message to the Farnboroug­h supporters who have sent in donations to the club and contribute­d to season ticket sales. “Try to keep smiling and tell everyone: please stay safe,” the manager said. “Please look after yourselves, your friends, your families, your colleagues and we’ll see what happens. The club’s got no income to my knowledge. You just cannot praise the fans enough and I say thank you so much. Thank you for your support. “We know you’re desperate to be back here as well. Hopefully we can soon, but just please stay safe, look after each other and we hope to see you soon.” times to know what we’ve got and what we haven’t so we don’t want to commit to whether a player’s left or not. “I’m not going to harp on about it but we’ve always been right at the bottom end on the budget front, so we do know how to get players in. We’ve got great connection­s with clubs and we’ve got a fantastic group from last year that we’re going to hope to keep. “We don’t know if the season’s going to be pushed back. “Nothing is worth people getting ill, or sadly, dying. We’ve got to keep a sense of reality on this. I think, ultimately, if as a world we look back at this time and we sadly, worse case, lose this next season and don’t play – and we’re nowhere near that, we want to play like everyone – and the world comes up with a vaccine and we manage to deal with this horrific situation with health and what that’s signed a league form contrary to others because we just think it’s way too early and we don’t know what the situation is. “If the club can’t open and we have no functions, which is I think 70% to 80% of our income, then you start talking about fans not being able to come in full levels. “Will fans want to come back as far as safety? Not just Farnboroug­h. We’re talking about in football generally. “Will they be worried? None of us know the answers. Will more people come back and be excited because they’ve missed football for four months? We just don’t know. We don’t know who’s here. “Lots of players move around at this time of the year and they trial with other clubs. We’ve got some exciting trialists. As usual we’ve had plenty and rather than take loads to the behind closed doors friendlies we’ve got organised, we’re going to cut quite a few because we do have a fairly settled squad. “We’d love more to come back but of course we’re going to be budget controlled and if the club doesn’t open then there’s pretty much no money. It’s just incredibly difficult @surreylive­sport SPENCER DAY is confident of keeping the majority of last season’s Farnboroug­h squad but admits he is in no rush to have his players sign forms. Farnboroug­h were 12th in the Southern League Premier South when it was abandoned and then made null and void due to the coronaviru­s pandemic. And while Perry Coles and Adam Brice have both left the club, and Reggie Young has moved to Hemel Hempstead Town, Day hopes to keep the rest of his squad together. However, with Covid-19 restrictio­ns still dictating that spectators are not allowed into football grounds, Day admits if that continues then his budget could take a big hit. “Perry left halfway through the season really last year,” Day explained. “He stepped down the levels and he’s welcome back at any time. We’ve got the vast majority, we hope, of the squad but we’ve not signed one player. No player has No player has signed a league form contrary to others because we just think it’s way too early... Spencer Day Published by Reach Southern Media Ltd, at Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1QA. Registered at the Post Office as a newspaper. Printed at Reach Printing Services (Watford) Ltd, St Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordsh­ire, WD24 7RG PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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