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Paul Tisdale hopes for board's blessing to add recruits

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

  • Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale hopes to strengthen during the January transfer window

  • Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale hopes to strengthen during the January transfer window picture: Gary Day/Pinnacle

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Paul Tisdale is hoping the club's board can generate funds to help him improve his Exeter City squad for the second half of the campaign.

The Grecians' manager is believed to have approached the board of directors to request funds that would allow him room to manoeuvre during the January transfer window, which is now open.

Tisdale is keen to point out that he does not want to make wholesale changes to his squad, but, with Exeter on the fringes of the npower League Two play-offs zone, a new arrival or two could help push them into the top seven.

"I have no complaints with their support in trying to find me a player. Sometimes they can and sometimes they can't," Tisdale said. "This January, there is a player or two that I would look to sign if I could, but it is by no means certain it is going to happen.

"Current gates, commercial activity at the club and all those sort of things all go into providing that money, so all I can say is that the club will always do its best to provide me, should I ask.

"I have asked and it was certainly not a 'no' at the moment. But the context of this January is again similar to most Januarys, I don't want to change too much.

"I think the players have had a very rewarding first half of the season, albeit frustrating at times, but, above all, they have experienced certain situations that I think they can improve on having gone through that process," he added. "Even without changes to the squad, I envisage us making improvements, so I'm not looking for too many changes at all and, if we have to stay as we are, then that is not a major problem for me."

Last season, friends of the club helped to fund the arrivals of players towards the end of the season as the Grecians fought in vain to preserve their npower League One status.

Follett Stock solicitors funded the return of Jamie Cureton, who joined the club on loan from Leyton Orient, while other supporters dipped into their pockets to help bring Alan Gow and Rohan Ricketts to the club.

Whether the same thing – or something similar – happens again remains to be seen, but it is something that Tisdale has not ruled out.

"That is a certain type of creativity which gives us the opportunity and I think we have to be lateral thinkers and I think we have to explore those avenues," Tisdale said.

"That is down to the club to do it and try their best to find funds. They will do their best, you can't just magic some money up. They have to be the right type of people and Follett Stock last year were very positive for us with that."

Tisdale added: "The board are always doing their very best to give me what I need to do well and they can't always do it. But every penny they can find and every penny they can generate over and above the club's overheads will always go towards improving the team."

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