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Charlton boss Nigel Adkins: Spending isn’t only factor in winning a promotion

Nigel Adkins is confident that Charlton Athletic can have a successful season, even if they are not one of the top spenders in League One.

The Addicks face Wigan Athletic tomorrow at The Valley with their opponents, along with Ipswich Town, the top payers in the division.

The Latics have made 11 signings, including former Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins, Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke and Portsmouth centre-back Jack Whatmough. Goalkeeper Ben Amos rejected a new deal at Charlton to also sign for Athletic.

Asked if the size of budget equated to success – certainly a big factor in the Premier League and Championship – applied in League One, Adkins replied: “There’s every chance, because when you look at the Deloitte figures at the end of the season, when teams do put their accounts in, the budgets normally represent where you stand in the division.

“Now I can flip that a little bit. When I was the Scunthorpe United manager in 2006, 2007, we actually won League One and we probably had the lowest budget in the league.

“The points that we got per budget was unbelievable. So it can be done. It can be done with spirit, goalscorers, keeping clean sheets…you don’t have to have the best players; it’s about the whole squad coming together.

“Sometimes you can spend money and have a big squad of players – you can’t keep people happy some of the times.

“We’ve got our budget and we’ve got to work within the restraints of that, like every football club has to go and do. You get the best that you can out of everybody – with a harmony and spirit and desire to keep improving and doing well.”


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