CLARKE THINK­ING OF BIG PIC­TURE

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Jimmy Booker

DAR­RELL CLARKE wants to build on a plan of sen­si­ble re­cruit­ment as his Bris­tol Rovers side look to con­tinue their push for the League One play-offs.

Clarke has made four sign­ings in this trans­fer win­dow, the lat­est 21-year-old Mid­dles­brough de­fender Jonathan Burn.

Rovers were tenth, six points off the play-off places, head­ing into the week­end and have plans in place to build a new sta­dium and train­ing cen­tre.

“The ma­jor­ity of our sup­port­ers are very sen­si­ble peo­ple,” Clarke said. “They ap­pre­ci­ate that, to be sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive in the Cham­pi­onship, we also need to have the right in­fra­struc­ture in place off the pitch.

“Build­ing a foot­ball club is about more than sim­ply what hap­pens for a cou­ple of hours on a Satur­day af­ter­noon. It costs money to put that in­fra­struc­ture in place and that means we can’t spend loads and loads on play­ers.

“Peo­ple who think we can do that are not look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture. That is not build­ing to­wards be­ing a pro­gres­sive Cham­pi­onship club. That is sim­ply a short-term fix and a model that is un­sus­tain­able over the long term.

“If peo­ple think there is a magic wand to get us to where we want to be with­out a process of plan­ning then they are liv­ing in cloud cuckoo land.”

PLANS: Dar­rell Clarke

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