Cost-cutting City cut player budget

PUBLISHED: 17:55 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

Howard Cowley

Howard Cowley

FORMER City boss Howard Cowley was to have his budget cut as part of cost-cutting measures, the club have confirmed. With finances becoming extremely tight at WGC, plans were put in place to reduce the budget given to Cowley each week immediately. The dec

FORMER City boss Howard Cowley was to have his budget cut as part of cost-cutting measures, the club have confirmed.

With finances becoming extremely tight at WGC, plans were put in place to reduce the budget given to Cowley each week immediately.

The decision was taken by chairman Alan Thomas, who felt the results on the pitch weren't justifying the money set out.

He said: "I had a chat with Howard about the poor results of late, and also regarding the fact that I felt the young local lads weren't getting their chance.

"The next thing I heard was that he had resigned.

"Perhaps it is best to move on, but at the end of the day it was his decision.

"We wish him all the best for the future, and thank him for his efforts over the past three years."

However, the club have stressed that they hope this decision was not the reason for Cowley ending his three-year stint at Herns Lane.

Secretary Malcolm Kiely said: "The club is going through a tough time off the field, and it was necessary to make changes to the expenditure side of things.

"I hope Howard's decision is not based on these changes, and as a club we would like to thank him for all his hard work over the past three years.

"We wish him all the best for the future, and recognise all the things he has put in place in order to improve the team."

However, Cowley has questioned the timing of these changes with only five games to go in the current season.

"We could have waited till the end of the season, then all sat down and discussed the matter, and see how we can progress for the future.

"The budget covers train fares of youngsters who have no jobs, and expenses of those experienced players, and to cut this would make it difficult to get players to games."

Cowley's passion for the game and determination to put a side out every week has often meant that he has had to ferry players to and from games, and it is this dedication which he feels is not backed up at board level.

"There have been away games where certain club members for one reason or another haven't turned up," he said.

"I think there is a major conflict of interests of what myself and what the board feel is best for the club, and for that reason my position has become unworkable."

WGC have four league games left, the next being at home to Harefield United, and the semi-final of the Herts FA Charity Shield against Oxhey Jets.

Caretaker manager Dave Lewis will be hoping to bring some stability to a team struggling both on and off the pitch.


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