Cash boost will see Margate aiming for play-offs next season
NOW that the football season has been completed for Margate, chief executive at the club Cliff Egan has said that the play-offs are a minimum for the side next season.
Egan revealed that Margate will have a "competitive" budget for the new campaign, which has already been decided following the acquisition of additional investment for the new campaign.
Egan also said that manager Chris Kinnear is discussing deals for "high calibre" players that will hopefully spur the side into the hallowed Ryman League Premier Division play-off places next season.
Off the pitch, he described the business performance as "strong" which should lead to better news for the shareholders at the AGM, due to be held during the summer.
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Egan said: "We are aware we've got to improve things. Chris (Kinnear) is aware, he wants to improve things, so we've got some work to do in the close season."
The Margate CEO admitted that it was a season of two halves with the departure of Kwesi Appiah to Crystal Palace being a turning point.
He also said that the club's inability to replace the former Thurrock striker was critical. "Let me tell you, it wasn't for the want of trying," Egan added. "The club put in a bid for a striker at another club in our league and the deal was done on the Friday.
"But by Monday, the deal had fallen though (after the player) was offered better terms."
For Egan, the critical objective is for the club to make incremental improvements on and off the pitch each year.
He said: "If you go too early, as has happened in the past at this football club, it can set you back ten years if you haven't got your infrastructure in place.
"That's not saying that we don't want to try and go for play offs and automatic promotion would be even better but we've got to be mindful that we've got to have our infrastructure in place."