Crawley Town: ‘We have a top-eight budget’

Michael Dunford and John Gregory
Michael Dunford and John Gregory

Crawley Town have said manager John Gregory will be given cash to boost the squad.

They have denied they have one of the smallest budgets in League 1, following a report by the Football League.

Chief executive Michael Dunford said: “This very useful tool allows me the opportunity to dispel any myths that this club spends any less on its playing budget compared to the majority of others in our division.

“It confirmed, as we believed to be true, that we have a top eight budget in terms of players’ wages in League One. The Board and our benefactors have personally injected over £1,500,000 this year to supplement the playing budget to ensure the club continues to be progressive. “Our football club is within the 60% limit of the SCMP (Salary Cap Management Protocol) imposed by the Football League thanks to these donations.

“CTFC’s ambitions this season has always been to finish in top half of the table and, considering our budget, we believe it’s a fair expectation. In January, funds will be made available for John Gregory to improve the squad.”