Burton Park Wanderers chairman Stewart Glendenning has issued an appeal to local footballers.
Wanderers head to Long Buckby tomorrow (Saturday) propping up the ChromaSport & Trophies UCL Division One after six straight defeats and managerless following the resignation of Jimmy Simpson.
Wednesday night was the deadline for hopefuls to apply for the job, but Glendenning told the Telegraph he was “disappointed” with the interest shown.
He still believes the chance to manage and play for Wanderers is a massive opportunity.
Glendenning said: “If you play parks football and believe you’re good enough to play UCL or if you’re sitting on the bench for a UCL team, why not get in touch? You can come and play for us.
“But there’s no budget. I’ve had players show an interest, but as soon as they ask: ‘How much am I getting paid ?’ I show them the door.
“We want people to come here because they want to play football.
“There’s too much money being ploughed in and it’s ruining local football.”
Glendenning was alongside caretaker-boss Liam Nicell and his assistant Dave Dent on the bench for the 3-0 defeat at home to neighbours Thrapston Town last week, Wanderers’ sixth straight league reverse, which was followed by a 4-0 loss at Peterborough Sports in the Knockout Cup on Tuesday.
Glendenning admits times have been tough at Latimer Park.
He said: “The only reason Jimmy left was because he felt he had done as much as he could. When he came here, we didn’t have a single player.
“It’s difficult and I will do whatever it takes to keep this club going.
“I’m doing some secretarial work and washing all the kit, but I can’t do it on my own forever.
“Whether we can stay in the UCL, I don’t know. There are a lot of costs that go into running a club at this level and we are lucky to have some fantastic sponsors.
“Burton Latimer needs local football.”
Stewarts & Lloyds moved a point clear at the top of Division One as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Bourne in midweek.
The Foundrymen take on Irchester United, who went down 4-1 at Oadby Town in the Knockout Cup, at Occupation Road this weekend.
There’s a top-of-the-table clash at Hayden Road as Rushden & Higham United host Peterborough Sports while Raunds Town entertain Buckingham Town.
Thrapston welcome Potton United to Chancery Lane while Whitworth will be looking to repeat the trick when they face Woodford United, a team they beat 4-1 away from home last weekend.