Haverhill Rovers will not be adding to their first team squad or appointing a permanent manager until after the end of the current season.
The New Croft club did approach two players with a view to signing them, but stood off making any deals due to the players’ financial demands and with the March 31 transfer deadline now gone the current squad will take them through to the season’s culmination on April 30.
Rovers secretary Peter Betts, who along with Under-14s manager Jason Clarke stood in for the otherwise engaged interim first team coach Tom Donati for Friday’s somewhat undeserved 2-1 Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division defeat at home to Newmarket Town, explained why the deals never transpired.
“I think people are probably aware of the couple of individuals that were earning good money under Michael Shinn and were probably expecting similar rates of pay, which at this stage of the season with the young players we think can get us through to the end of the season we were not prepared to do.”
Thirteenth placed Rovers are currently ten points ahead of third-bottom Swaffham Town, who at the time of going to print had six matches left (including a game at Godmanchester Rovers last night) compared to Rovers’ five, and are eight points ahead of fourth-bottom Thetford Town, who also have five games to go.
Given the points already accrued and the fixtures left for the other teams below them, Betts is confident Rovers can secure Premier Division safety, saying: “I think we’ve got more than enough quality to see us through to the end of the season. I think ultimately as long as everyone remains fit we should be fine.
“Our points tally is better than it was at this stage last season and we need to keep going until the end of the season and regroup.”
Donati is now available for all the remaining matches until the campaign ends with a home fixture against Kirkley & Pakefield on April 30, and is it likely Rovers will announce who their new manager will be not long after that.
Betts added: “The club will hopefully look to announce a new manager in the first two weeks of May.
“I think it’s a case of the committee sitting down and reviewing applications. There are one of two names that spring to mind that I will keep under my hat for the time being.
“I’m sure the next manager that comes in will be experienced with local knowledge and knowledge of the league and knowledge of the recruitment of players and managing players and the club can have a down period where it settles down and concentrates on progressing.”
Rovers expect to have a full squad to select from on Saturday, including St Neots Town loanees Claudio Ofosu, Erhan Nurettin and Zak Rudman, who all missed the Newmarket loss due to transport problems.