Mathews in crunch talks with board over budget
DROGHEDA United boss Alan Mathews last night held crunch talks with the club's board over their 2010 budget amid reports that the club are so cash-strapped they may be unable to fulfil criteria for a League of Ireland Premier Division licence.
Local reports over the weekend painted a grim picture of the Boynesiders' finances and fresh doubts emerged over the budget Mathews would be afforded for the coming season, having already agreed proposed deals with a host of new players, including Gareth O'Connor and Jamie Harris.
The uncertainty has resulted in the postponement of a Leinster Senior Cup fixture against St Patrick's Athletic, originally fixed for tomorrow night, at the request of the Louth outfit.
But, speaking last night, club chairman Jim McArdle was confident they would have a satisfactory budget ready this morning to be approved by the FAI.
"We had a playing budget (set before Christmas) that we would have liked to have gone with, but couldn't under the circumstances in the new year," he said.
"The only casualty is the match arranged on Wednesday. We have no players registered and the FAI will not accept the registration of players until the budget is approved.
"We expect to receive a licence for the Premier Division but the manager has to be happy with the playing budget he gets and the board have to be happy."