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I won’t leave Bees, insists Senior
TREVOR Senior has no intention of leaving Brid-port in light of the club’s financial worries.
The Bees’ boss has had his playing budget cut due to a lack of home games so far this season, which has resulted in a drop in the club’s income.
But Senior says he does not want to go anywhere else and confirmed that the club turned down his offer to leave if it would have helped the situation.
Up until last weekend – Saturday’s encounter with Barn-staple Town was rained off – only six of Bridport’s 18 Toolstat-ion Western Premier Division games so far this season had been at their St Mary’s Field home.
That has meant less money coming into the club, giving the Bridport committee no other option but to reduce Senior’s budget for covering players’ expenses.
While Senior is staying put he isn’t sure about the players in his squad, some of which travel from Gloucestershire, Southampton and Yeovil to turn out for the team.
“The lack of home games so far this season has taken its toll,” he said. “Our treasurer has had to look at it and there just isn’t enough money coming in while we’ve still had to pay for things like mini buses to get to away games.
“We don’t want to get to a stage where we can’t afford to keep going. We’ve got to rally round and hopefully the situation will change.
“The big test will be is to see if we lose many players because of this.”
He added: “Bridport isn’t a club that pays out masses amounts of money, it’s mainly for expenses like fuel.
“Players play for the club because they enjoy it but we do have guys coming from Glouc-estershire, Southampton and Yeovil, which all adds up.
“We don’t want it to get to a situation where it would be better for them to play for a team that’s closer to where they live.
“People get out of the habit of coming every other week so when we have to pay the players travelling expenses it cripples us, but they’ve got to be covered.
“I don’t want to go anywhere.
“But I did ask the committee that, if it would help the club and they wanted to go a different way, would they want me to leave but they didn’t want that.”
A downturn in the number of private functions being held at the club and money spent keeping the ground up to league standard has also caused problems.