BEAT­TIE HAS BIG PLANS AT STAN­LEY

The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW - By Luke Mur­ray

AC­CRING­TON boss James Beat­tie is plan­ning a trip to the cap­i­tal to con­vince chair­man Peter Mars­den to part with some cash for next sea­son.

Stan­ley ended their sea­son on a high af­ter they claimed a 3-2 win over AFC Wim­ble­don to se­cure a 15th-placed fin­ish in League Two.

That was some achieve­ment for a Stan­ley side who didn’t win a match un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

But Beat­tie is re­fus­ing to stand still and is ex­pect­ing to meet with Mars­den in Lon­don soon to dis­cuss their trans­fer plans.

“I want the club to progress. I want us to be bet­ter and im­prove on this year. I want the club to im­prove on and off the pitch,” said Beat­tie.

“I think first and fore­most I need to sit down with the chair­man and get the num­bers that I’m al­lowed to play with.

“He wanted to do that af­ter the fi­nal game but that was tricky with the pre­sen­ta­tions and the chair­man en­ter­tain­ing people.

“So we’re go­ing to take a bit of time out and meet in Lon­don in the next cou­ple of weeks.

“I can then get my budget num­bers and we can start plan­ning and putting things into con­crete from there.

“He was very pos­i­tive when I spoke to him be­fore the last game about a lot of things that we’ve dis­cussed over the past few months.”

Sev­eral play­ers are out of con­tract at the club this sum­mer and their fu­tures are still be­ing dis­cussed but Beat­tie, who made good use of the loan win­dow this term, is re­luc­tant to set def­i­nite trans­fer tar­gets.

“It de­pends on which play­ers we can keep, whether big­ger teams come en­quir­ing and de­pends on how much money we’ve got to spend this sum­mer,” he added.

“It’s widely known that we’ve got the worst budget in the Foot­ball League but if we can cre­ate some­thing sim­i­lar to what we’ve had this year and maybe get a cash in­jec­tion from some­where then who knows what’s pos­si­ble.”

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