Dulwich Hamlet boss: We were always going to cut our budget – even before Covid-19 pandemic

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Gavin Rose has revealed that Dulwich Hamlet were always going to cut their budget for this season – even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Champion Hill outfit start their National League campaign at Ebbsfleet United tomorrow.

Tuesday’s opener against Concord Rangers had to postponed as the Essex side had to play their FA Cup tie.

And Rose says that Dulwich did not get value for money from their expenditure last season, which was cut short by the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our league position wasn’t great and our performances weren’t great – we had spent the biggest amount we had ever spent on our team,” said the Hamlet manager.

“We have always achieved quite a lot from not spending that much at all over the years.

“It brought a different culture when we spent a lot more. Everyone expected us to be there or thereabouts. We didn’t feel we got the right value back.

“It’s about getting back to a model that has seen us grow as a club – where people are really hungry to go and better themselves and in turn help the club over the period they are here as well.

“We always knew we were going to cut our budget, regardless of the pandemic. That decision was made in January or February by us as a club.”

The government have pledged cash to National League sides for the period that they cannot have supporters in stadiums.

“As long as they are supportive and reasonable to all clubs then we shouldn’t find it too much of a difficulty to survive,” said Rose. “It’s going to be hard for every club, but we haven’t given ourselves a budget that is almost unachievable.

“It’s not to say it won’t be difficult but we’ve not given ourselves a massive mountain to climb in terms of our outlay so far.”

Dulwich will go to Wessex League side Christchurch in the FA Cup third qualifying round. The tie will be played next Tuesday.


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