Chairman Smith: It’s been our best season for six years

Eastbourne Borough management and officials
Eastbourne Borough management and officials
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Eastbourne Borough chairman Len Smith does not expect there to be much change in Tommy Widdrington’s budget for next season (writes Derren Howard).

The chairman and the committee are set to meet with Widdrington in the coming days to discuss finances for the next campaign.

The club are keen to make a few improvements to the youthful playing squad that performed admirably but they will only do so once the numbers have been crunched from this season.

Smith said, “I’m not anticipating major changes. We are in the process of looking into it at the moment but we cannot say just yet as we are still looking at the finances from this year.

“We have a good squad and we are hoping to keep the majority and make a few improvements on top of that.”

Overall Smith was delighted with the season and feels the club have achieved many of their objectives.

“It has been very successful, it has been our best season for six years. We wanted a top 10 finish and we achieved that. The last month was disappointing but we had a difficult run-in with most games away from home. That was down to other clubs cancelling games. It cost us in terms of points and it cost us financially too.

“We have reduced the average age of the squad and the younger players are really improving. We are playing some attractive, attacking football and you have to give the manager credit for that.”

Smith added, “We have made many changes as a club. We dropped the reserve side and moved the under-18s into the Ryman Youth legaue. The Academy has also taken-off and that has been a huge plus .”

Discussions are also ongoing as the club continue their search for a new main sponsor.

“ We are having several positive talks in that area. It’s not something that will happen overnight as there can be a lot I’s to dot and T’s to cross.”