Grantham Town board and bosses agree next season’s player wage budget

Grantham Town manager Jimmy Albans. ENGEMN00120120719152921

Grantham Town manager Jimmy Albans. ENGEMN00120120719152921

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Grantham Town’s board of directors and management team this week agreed a player wage budget for next season.

Joint managers Jimmy Albans and Wayne Hallcro rejoined the Gingerbreads at Christmas after the sacking of Ian Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz.

Grantham were hovering just above the relegation zone when Albans and Hallcro returned to the dugouts, but the management duo guided the Gingerbreads to a 15th place finish in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Club chairman Peter Railton said: “We looked at the budget the managers wanted for next season and have supported that.

“It is an increase on last season and will enable them to implement their plans for the summer to move us higher up the table than where we finished last season.”

Co-boss Albans said he and Hallcro were close to agreeing terms as far as assembling a squad for the new campaign was concerned. He said: “We have had meetings with the board and the raise we have had gives us something to negotiate with the current squad on next season’s terms, and with new players we want.

“It will be a challenge to do what we want, but it’s achievable.”

Albans said that when the management duo returned to The Meres, they saw “massive potential” in the changing room that was not being put to best use.

The joint managers recorded their first win towards the end of January, a satisfying one at old foes Ilkeston, and the Gingerbreads’ first victory in 14 games.

Albans said: “The result away at Ilkeston kick-started things as far as we are concerned. Paul Grimes coming in and scoring on his return gave a lot of belief to the players who had stayed at the club. It gave everybody the appetite to move forward. The inconsistency that we showed in games that we were expected to win shows where we need to go mentally next season. We have to go out to earn a win in every game we play.”