Dave Bayliss, manager of Barrow AFC who were relegated from the Blue Square Bet Premier at the end of the….
…..season, has no qualms about the Adam Boyes compensation cash being injected into the Bluebirds’ general coffers – and not given to him for squad strengthening.
Barrow have not released the details of the amount received from Gateshead for Boyes, following the striker’s switch to the International Stadium.
Bayliss’ player budget has been significantly reduced due to the club’s difficult financial situation, as he looks to build a squad for the 2013/14 Conference North season.
Barrow’s players received late wage payments last season and were owed cup bonuses at the end of the campaign. It is not clear how much of this debt has been paid off. But Bayliss hinted that players are still owed cash, and hopes the club will clear the decks.
Bayliss, whose player budget has been slashed by around 40 per cent for next season, said of the compensation cash: “I don’t want it to be honest. We brought Boyesy in, paid him good money and now we’ll get money back. That money will go to pay off those people we owe, and rightly so.
“And once those people are paid off you can start the season in August with a clean slate and hopefully we won’t owe any playing-related creditors any money.
“We’ll start the season afresh and that’s important to myself and the club that we do that and pay all the people off.
“Chairman Brian Keen and the club have promised every single Barrow player that they won’t leave without what they’re owed, and they won’t.
“And that money will go towards paying people what they are owed, and that’s how Barrow works. We’ll kick-on then, sign new players and get ready for the new season.”
Bayliss also says the other two players who he believes will command a compensation fee are Alex-Ray Harvey and Danny M Rowe – who like Boyes, are under the age of 24 and therefore qualify under FA regulations.
Bayliss said: “In my opinion those three players would command a fee wherever they go because they’re good players. I believe Alex-Ray is speaking to a number of clubs and I really rate him.
“I honestly think that Alex, in probably a better side, would be a top player. I still believe he will get into the Football League and that’s my honest opinion. He’s hungry, he’s a great lad and he works his socks off.
“Danny Rowe is another player I think will get in the Football League. He’s another lovely kid who has got the ability and potential to go higher than the Conference Premier.
“We would have loved to have kept the two of them but I don’t think their abilities will be suited to the Conference North, they will be more suited to League Two or the top half of the Conference Premier.
“They are two of the better lads who we had attitude-wise, I’ve got no problem with them, and I really hope they do fine and find themselves really good clubs because those two, from the squad that we had, deserved it.”