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Non-league: Miller refutes claims over budget cuts at Wimborne
CHAIRMAN Paul Miller swiftly rebuffed speculation over budget cuts at Wimborne Town – but admitted a “realignment” of the club’s “front-loaded” spending could be on the cards.
The Cuthbury chief explained the Magpies’ fixed annual playing budget had not changed, but suggested boss Steve Cuss could crunch the numbers to keep spending on track and loosen the purse strings for a potential assault on the transfer market.
Miller confirmed that his manager had control over players’ wages within the confines of the resources set for the season.
But talk of non-contract players taking significant cuts to their weekly earnings following Wimborne’s first-stage exits from the FA Cup and FA Trophy were rubbished by Miller, who also insisted Cuss’s budget was never based on cup revenue.
Miller told the Daily Echo: “As it stands, the budget has not and will not be reduced.
“I think Steve (Cuss) is trying to generate some funds in his budget to look at other players, and there may be some realignment going on, but I don’t regard that as a budget cut.
“The amount we have made available has remained unchanged. What we did do was front-load it a little bit and he (Cuss) decided to spend more money in the early part of the season.”
Miller accepted that, based on current expenditure, Cuss would exceed his budget without the realignment, but reiterated that this did not constitute a cutback “in any way, shape or form”.
On the lack of revenue from FA competitions, Miller added: “We never allowed for prize money in our budget and saw any potential winnings as a bonus.
"That said, had that money come in, the board would have looked at it and considered whether it was worth spending the additional money on players.”
Cuss was unavailable for comment.
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