Taylor to stay on at Walks
CHRIS LAKEY King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins believes the Linnets will be fighting another promotion battle next season - but manager Tommy Taylor will have to do it on the same budget.
King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins believes the Linnets will be fighting another promotion battle next season - but manager Tommy Taylor will have to do it on the same budget.
Taylor has confirmed he is staying on - albeit still without a contract - after outlining his requirements to Bobbins yesterday.
The bottom line is that the budget stays the same - but there will be changes in the summer, with three or four new players expected at The Walks as well as some departures.
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“I have no problems,” said Taylor. “I just wanted to make sure everything was going the right way for next season.
“We shall be able to keep a nucleus of players. I got the answers I wanted on some of the players and I know the identities of the new players I want to bring in.
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“The club can only pay so much money out, I understand that - I would never put the club in debt because lots of managers who have money, money, money end up doing that and going nowhere.
“At the end of the day I am pleased to stay on and keep everybody together. I know there are some players who will be wanting more money and won't be getting it - I don't know if they will stay on or not. Players move on, and I can't stop them.”
Bobbins is convinced Taylor is the man to lead Lynn to promotion next season, although it's not quite clear yet which division they will be playing in - the FA leagues committee will decide whether it will be the Southern Premier again, or the Northern Premier.
“Tommy is sticking with us and that's good,” said Bobbins. “We will offer quite a few of the players renewals and we are looking to bring in three or four players.”
The finances will be balanced with departures.
“We are not getting rid of players to bring others in. Some who want to stay will be on less money and others will stick with their current wages,” said Bobbins.
“Some we don't feel are strong enough for the club going forward so we will offer them reduced wages if they wish to stay, but we will be hoping for them to move on. But we do need to get strength in depth.
“There is no real budget increase because the finances at the club have not fundamentally changed over the past year. We have always said we would not bankrupt the club to achieve success.”
Having seen possible promotion snatched out of their hands at the death, Bobbins is hoping Taylor can take the club to where he believes it belongs.
“Nothing has changed - we want to put King's Lynn in the Conference as soon as possible,” he said. “We have some very good players and with three or four more we will be a difficult team to beat.”