Allen set for emergency loan kitty
Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker says money will be available for a loan signing – if manager Martin Allen can find the right calibre of player.
"We have been given some money by the Robins Trust, while vice presidents and other fans have also said they'll put money forward that will only be called upon if the right player is identified," Baker said.
"Martin would like to strengthen the squad and he has an idea of what would be available.
"Our wage budget is fully committed, but we have a decent level of promise for one-off donations should an emergency loan situation arise. It depends on the player's wages and what we can negotiate in terms of help from the parent club."
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Last month Baker appealed for supporters to help the cash-strapped Robins strengthen their squad at the halfway point of what has been a very costly season.
"People may say it's desperate appealing to fans, but it's happened before," Baker said.
"Many clubs are in the same financial position as we are and these are hard times for everyone."
Fans were asked to fund a loan striker in the 2006-07 season and the then manager John Ward brought in Northern Ireland international Andy Smith from Preston, but he turned out to be a flop.
He refused to sit on the bench for an FA Cup first round replay at Scunthorpe United and promptly returned to his parent club without scoring in three appearances.
"That turned out to be a disaster," Baker admitted. "But we are confident Martin will be able to find a player who can go straight into the starting line-up and make a difference."
Meanwhile, Allen has been taking in matches this week in a bid to unearth a potential gem.
He was thought to be chasing a striker, but may now give the likes of Damian Spencer, Lloyd Owusu, Ashley Vincent and Elvis Hammond further chances to press their claims.
Allen is still trying to trim his oversized squad, with Paul Connor, Gavin Caines, Michael Townsend and Josh Low available for loan moves.
Utility man Andy Lindegaard has joined League Two Aldershot Town for an initial month's loan and goalkeeper Shane Higgs is at Wolves for the rest of the campaign.
Defender Jerry Gill is at Forest Green, still officially on loan, also until the summer.