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- NO MONEY FOR PLAYERS
(Thursday 13th July 2000)
Lawrie Sanchez dealt Wycombe fans another body blow when he claimed on the Club's Official telephone news line, that he had no funds available to purchase players.
Speaking on Ringing The Blues on Wednesday (12th July), Sanchez said "We've got the wages for another player but no money to purchase anyone. At this moment in time I'm talking to people but the longer it goes on, more of the better players are taken and it's really just a matter of what's left"
The news is sure to put the dampeners on what was an optmistic end to last season when Club Chairman Ivor Beeks publically told supporters that "some money" would be available for Sanchez to spend. A despondent Sanchez went on to say "I'd like to be more positive and to be fair it's been the situation since I've been here"
Sanchez confirmed that he had been in talks with Bristol City striker Steve Jones. City paid out £425,000 to Charlton Athletic in September 1999 for Jones and will also pay another £75,000 should he pass a set number of appearances. With Wycombe claiming 'stoney-broke', City would have to settle for a cut-price deal. "He would have to take a big cut in wages to come here and Bristol City would have to lose an awful lot of the money that they paid for him and whether those two are possible or not is a long shot. He's still guaranteed three years more monet at Bristol City" added Sanchez.
Sanchez has managed to pick up Stewart Castledine on a free thanks to an old friendship at Wimbledon and it looks like Sanchez will have to wheel and deal to grab more cast-offs.
The talk of empty transfer funds comes in the same week as Wycombe fans were greeted with a last minute £2 increase on the price of adult matchday terrace tickets. The Club must have been hoping that a player could have been brought in to quell the growing criticism being aimed as a result of the latest about-turn by the Wycombe Board.
Since arriving at Wycombe in February 1999, Sanchez has trimmed the playing squad by five professional players and can claim a transfer profit following the sales of Keith Scott and Mark Stallard for a combined total of around £300,000 plus Matt Lawrence to Millwall for £250,000. The only addition have been the now legendary Sean Devine around £250,000.
"You could say I've had no money to spend beyond half of what I've recouped in sales - I knew that when I took the job over and the fans have got to understand that as well. If we had 12,000 people coming through the gate every week we would have an awful lot more money to spend. As we averaged just over 5,000 last year we have to cut our cloth accordingly" said Sanchez.
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