Craig Laird won't risk Weston-super-Mare wage structure in promotion race
Weston-super-Mare boss Craig Laird is refusing to rip up the seaside club’s wage structure in a bid to win promotion from Blue Square South.
Since Sahr Kabba left to join Havant & Waterlooville last summer, the Seagulls have lacked a 20-goal-a-season striker.
Although Laird has again steered Weston into play-off contention this season, the team’s lack of firepower was highlighted when Weston missed a host of chances and went down 4-1 at home to Bath City in midweek, which ended a six-match unbeaten run.
While Laird recognises that the recruitment of one decent Blue Square South-standard striker could deliver a play-off place in May, he is not about to break the bank in pursuit of glory.
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He said: “We are not shopping at Harrods, but at Lidl. I knew the situation when I first came here and we cannot compete with what a lot of other clubs in this league are paying.
“I could change what other players are paid and offer more for a striker, but that only causes divisions within the squad. Every player is on pretty much the same here and it fosters a good spirit within the dressing room.
“As much as I would like a striker who can score 20 goals or more in a season, I’m not going to change the way we do things and put the future of the club at risk.
“We are always looking for strikers and the lower leagues sometimes throw up real bargains.”
Weston travel to Hayes & Yeading today.