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Mathews to persevere at Drogs

ALAN Mathews looks likely to stay on as boss of Drogheda United after a series of talks with the squad over cost-cutting measures at United Park.

Drogheda were thrown into chaos this week as they were forced to call off Wednesday's Leinster Senior Cup clash with St Pat's.

The budget submitted by the club to the FAI was rejected and the club has now been forced to ask players to take pay cuts. It is a cause of huge concern for players and supporters alike as wage cuts are being sought even before the season has started.

Former Cork and Longford manager Mathews was reportedly on the verge of quitting United Park and that would have seen a batch of players also walk away, but it seems the Dubliner is now staying on.

Mathews held meetings with some of the Drogheda squad yesterday and was due to speak to other players later today in a bid to agree a new budget that would allow United keep the squad in place and compete in the top flight next season.