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Cheltenham Town: I'm trying to get value for our money – Yates

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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MARK Yates has reassured Cheltenham Town fans there is no need to panic, despite the disappointment of missing out on top transfer window target Paul Benson.

The Robins boss confirmed the Swindon Town front man would not be arriving on loan, taking him back to the drawing board as he bids to improve the team's firepower for the run-in.

Yates has shown signs of frustration at the amount of money given to him to spend this month, with Cheltenham well-placed to kick on and challenge for promotion.

But ahead of tonight's trip to Morecambe (7.45pm), he said he would continue to bide his time and avoid channelling the cash he does have at his disposal into the wrong player.

"I have been given a bit of money and it is a bit of money, literally," Yates said.

"The club have decided where we are going with it and I have got to make sure what I do have, I spend wisely. He (Benson) won't be coming here.

"I am trying to get value for money and it takes time getting the ones you want.

"It's proving more time consuming that I would have liked, but there will be no panic because we still have good players here.

"I will make judgements and calls and if we can't get the player in question, we'll move on."

Yates is still targeting three new loan additions before the end of the month, with defensive cover and a wide player also on his wish list.

"I am not desperate, but I am looking to improve and help the group we have," he said.

"There are plenty of names out there, but there is no point getting one player and we are trying to do best with what we've got.

"Come the end of January, we'll have two or three additions and be ready to kick on."

Cheltenham have not fared well in the north this season, with defeats at Bradford City, Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Rochdale, conceding 15 goals in those games.

With freezing weather and snow forecast, a pitch inspection was due to take place at the Globe Arena at 10am today.

Yates said it was time for his players to show their mettle tonight, if the game goes ahead.

"You have to be mentally and physically strong on a cold Friday night, so there can be no Southern Softies in the squad," Yates said.

"They have a good home record and it will either be snowy or bone hard, but we have to deal with it and there are no excuses."

■ The Echo understands left-back Danny Andrew turned down a chance to reach a settle ment over the remaining six months of his contract at Cheltenham Town. He and Bagasan Graham are set to extend their loan spells at Gloucester City.

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  • dezer  |  January 18 2013, 7:56AM

    A comment regarding the trivial amount of money released by the board for Mark Yates to improve the squad. In my view it's a case of 'once bitten twice shy' The fear of spending to accumulate backfired in the Martin Allen period. It would seem the message is clear 'keep the money in the bank, pay off the debts and make the best with the squad we have but we will not invest to go forward' Well Mark Yates is a far better manager than M Allen, I am dissapointed for him the board have not the faith to give him extra money to get the better players that could give us a great chance to get out of this Division. If the board are content to sit around forever in League 2, hopefully get to the third round of the cup as being the best for the club then I advise Mark when the chance comes along to progress take it. I just hate the vision of playing the same old clubs for years and years to come. With the hope of one good cup game every so often to look forward to. When this happens support always fades away. Still I guess better than playing in the Non League Divisions.

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