Stefan Gamble: Walsall Have a Competitive Budget

Walsall Chief Executive Stefan Gamble has insisted that manager Dean Keates will have a budget that will allow him to compete with many of his League One rivals, but also admitted that much will depend on how the gaffer chooses to spend the cash.
Along with the signing of four new players, Walsall-born Keates has also used his finances to add a number of new faces to his backroom team, including Assistant Manager Andy Davies, Goalkeeping coach Michael Oakes and Chief Scout Gary Jenkins, and Gamble has insisted that the board will continue to back the manager.

Speaking at Monday evening's Fans Focus event, Stefan, who was joined by club Secretary and Director Dan Mole, said; "Ultimately, what any manager does with his budget is more important than the quantum. The board are backing Dean. He has been able to bring in his own staff.

"He has also started the process of bringing in his own players and there are funds available to improve that. There will be some teams whose budget we can’t match. Sunderland for example are still receiving parachute payments from their time in the Premier League.

"Our budget won’t be the biggest in the division but it won’t be the smallest. And everyone here wants to make sure we have a better season than last season."
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