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Stanley's January cash boost will quickly go

Stanley will get a cash boost this month – but managing director Rob Heys admits the money is quickly used up at a football club.

Stanley will get a cash boost this month – but managing director Rob Heys admits the money is quickly used up at a football club.

The League Two outfit will receive £109,000 from the Premier League, £30,000 from the Football League and their final £30,000 instalment from Preston North End for former Stanley captain Andy Procter during this month.

However it won’t be used on players as Heys admits it’s all very much accounted for already.

"Leam (Richardson) has a figure he has to stick to in his budget and it doesn’t really change," said the managing director.

"When the money comes in in January it does tend to be used by the end of the month, catching up with things.

"If new players do come in, the first thing is to make sure players go out as well to balance the books.

"It’s always going to be really tight at Accrington, we are up against teams with budgets three or four times higher than us. We are never going to be the richest football club in our league and, if we wanted to be that, we would have to drop down a number of divisions and nobody wants that.

"We would rather be a small fish in a large pond than the other way around, which we were when we were a non-league club."

Heys knows both the manager and the players were gutted at the loss to Dagenham on Saturday but has encouraged everyone to stick together – a minority of fans booed the team off at the final whistle of the 2-0 loss.

"What has always been unique about our club is the way we are all in it together, including the management, the staff, the players and the fans," He said.

"People pay their money to watch and they are entitled to their opinion but our club has always been one to sit down and talk about issues rather than criticise and that has been the secret of our success. The way we survive is to stick together.

"We have played Bradford, Rotherham and Chesterfield over Christmas and picked up three points.

"Their budgets are three-to-four times what ours is and really, on that statistic, they should be battering us and we continue to punch above our weight season after season and long may it continue.

"Leam and the players have said that the performance against Dagenham was not acceptable and both the manager and players are their own biggest critics and will be fighting to put it right at Aldershot."

 

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