Gale: I won’t be held to ransom

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Shaun Gale insists he won’t be held to ransom, even if it means some familiar faces leaving the Hawks.

A number of players, including striker Manny Williams, are making increased wage demands which the West Leigh Park boss is not prepared to meet.

The Hawks had a disappointing season, failing to achieve their ambitions of making the Blue Square South play-offs.

But that hasn’t prevented some players asking for more money.

Gale, though, has always insisted he isn’t prepared to break the bank in order to attract players or to keep those already at the club.

‘We didn’t achieve what we set out to do last season but still some players are asking for more money,’ said Gale.

‘I can’t and won’t compete with their demands, and if that means we lose a few players, then so be it.

‘At the end of the day, I want players who want to be at the club for the right reasons.

‘Manny Williams’ agent is touting him around every club in our league and we cannot get anywhere near the wages he is demanding.

‘In the present climate, his agent needs to get into the real world.

‘I have to do what is best for the football club and won’t be held to ransom.

‘No disrespect, but even if I had double my budget, I still wouldn’t pay what they are asking and would only pay what I thought they were worth.

‘If we started paying silly money then the club would soon cease to exist.

‘In some respects it will help us refresh in certain areas.

‘Generally, though, I have been able to keep most of the players I wanted.’

Striker Giuseppe Sole has already left to seek full-time football, while Mustafa Tiryaki and Williams are unlikely to feature next season.

Gale is busy trying to find replacements and has indicated he is looking for a couple of strikers, a winger and possibly another midfielder.

‘I have a few irons in the fire and made a couple of offers to players,’ said the manager.

‘We failed to score enough goals last season and that is an area that needs to be addressed.

‘If that means getting two new strikers in then we will.

‘If I get my targets then we will be a force to be reckoned with.

‘At the moment, though, I am keeping my cards close to my chest.

‘Whatever happens, I have no doubt that come the first game of the season we will be competitive.’

Meanwhile, Gale is hopeful of landing defender Chris Holland, who has been released by Eastleigh.

A move for a former team-mate of Holland – Peter Adeniyi – is not likely, though.

Plus, Gale has quashed rumours of Brett Poate returning to West Leigh Park.

‘I spoke to Adeniyi but we can’t get anywhere near what he was getting at Eastleigh,’ said the boss.

‘Chris Holland is out of contract and will almost certainly be joining us.’