Corby Town manager Ian Sampson believes his budget for the new Blue Square Bet North campaign will be “competitive”.
Speculation has been rife about how much money Sampson will have at his disposal since he was appointed as the new boss at Steel Park last week.
Whatever it is, the manager is relaxed about it and knows there will be no more spending beyond the means by the Steelmen.
And, as far as predictions go, Sampson said: “I am not going to make any predictions.
“I have been guilty of that in the past when I was at Northampton.
“I think everyone is looking to get out of the league they are in, whether they have the resources to do it is a different matter.
“I would like us to finish higher than we did last year and get more home wins.
“The fans were starved of success at home last season and it has a knock-on effect on attendances.
“We are trying to be sensible with how we do things and if we can be competitive and get more home wins then extra revenue will come in.
“But we aren’t going to spend beyond our means.
“The club has had a little bit of debt before and we don’t want that. We want the Corby public to have a team to support.
“You can see what is happening down the road with Kettering Town and the last thing we want is for that to happen here.
“The players have to be realistic about what is happening at this club.
“We want to build a sustainable business and I know the chairman doesn’t want to run it as a ‘football business’.
“The chairman wants to break even and he wants to know what is going out and coming in and that makes sense to me.
“Players don’t always see it like that but they will have to realise that we can’t be paying massive wages and leaving ourselves in debt. That’s not the way we are going to run things.
“Let’s just say the budget will be competitive. It has been reduced so we will have to do a bit of wheeling and dealing here and there.”
Read the full, exclusive big interview with Ian Sampson in tomorrow’s Northamptonshire Telegraph