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Friday, 16 August 2013

Green won’t start for The Green

Old favourite Paul Green now plies his trade at cash laden village side Forest Green Rovers but he’s got a knock and may not feature according the website. The scarily confident write up by Saturday’s opponents reflected on a win and a draw for the Gloucestershire side, mirroring City’s start but with lots more goals as a rueful Hyde will attest.

Manager Gary Simpson says he’s not bovvered about Rovers dosh, Catherine Tate style. Actually he didn’t, he’s a Yorkshireman but he affected an unconcerned nonchalance as he spoke to the press ahead of tomorrows game:-

“Forest Green have got a big benefactor who helps him out,” said Simpson, presumably referring to Green boss Dave Hockaday.
“It’s his hobby, or whatever you want to call it, to get in the league and he has a lot of money and backs the club how he feels.
“We do it differently, that’s how it is. As it’s been proved in the past, though, having the most money does not always bring the most success, but it goes a long way to help it and it can give you a better chance.”
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. We will do the best we can with what we have got. If you apply that principle then you are on the right lines,” he said.
“It’s not frustrating, I’m a big believer in any business, and football is a business, that you can only spend what you can afford.
“I think clubs have got to be self-sufficient. Wherever I have been I have been self-sufficient.
“When I was with Keith Alexander or when I was on my own we approached it in that way.
“It’s alright with these clubs with money men in, but we’ve seen it before when the money men pull out, what are you left with? Sometimes it is a massive problem and clubs are left with massive debts.”

Well we know all about massive debts and hopefully we will know all about being in the top half of the table come five o’clock. Simpson, and I suspect the rest of us will be hoping for a decent turnout at Sincil Bank. I think a lot of us believe Simpson’s deal is, same as last years budget but any extra on the gate goes in the pot. This was heavily hinted at by Simpson at this weeks press call.

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