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Crawley Town boss Gregory: 'I don't expect quartet to sign'

By Crawley News  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

  • 'gravy train is over': Manager John Gregory

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ELEVEN players exited Crawley Town last week and there could be another four following them after manager John Gregory admitted he does not expect the quartet offered new deals to sign them.

It was revealed last week that Dannie Bulman, Mat Sadler, Mike Jones and Jamie Proctor had all been offered new contracts to stay in Sussex, and have until the end of the month to make their decision.

However, with rumours of significant pay cuts circulating, boss Gregory insists he expects none of the four to accept the offers.

"I don't expect them to sign," Gregory stated. "From my point of view, I think the players at Crawley have been paid very good salaries for a League One team in the past."

Crawley have made no secret of their desire to tighten their belt financially, and Gregory believes the club has to rely less on benefactors, insisting "the gravy train is over".

"We have to get a little bit more realistic," the manager said. "In the past it's been a bit of a gravy train at Crawley. The benefactors have had to dig deep to finance salaries and we have to be a little bit more self-sufficient.

"The gravy train is over. Don't get me wrong; the players have worked hard for the club and they have earned those salaries but the harsh reality is we can't expect the benefactors to constantly put more and more money into the club."

But having ended a few what Gregory deemed "extortionate" contracts, the manager is confident he can rebuild the side.

"I try to keep everyone on the same sort of money as each other – I don't want a large discrepancy," he said. "There were a couple of contracts which I inherited which were extortionate and which I felt we couldn't afford to keep.

"I've had discussions with the board and with my chief executive, Michael Dunford, and we've looked at the budget for next year. But the main topic is always affordability.

"We could either have 15 players on a certain salary but no room to manoeuvre or 20 players on a bit less but then we have cover for injuries and suspensions.

"We had to sacrifice a few of the more higher-paid players, which I've done. Some, it was football related and others it was financial. It's never pleasant to tell players you aren't offering them a contract but it's part of the job."

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