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Maidenhead United FC: Wages at some clubs just 'beggars belief' says Magpies chairman

Maidenhead United will not be ‘daft’ and break the bank as they search to build on a successful first season in the National League, according to chairman Peter Griffin.

The Magpies finished the campaign in 12th place, 10 points from a play-off spot, something which Griffin looks back on proudly.

He is also proud that the club have done it on a modest budget, and he intends to continue that business model.

“I look back on what we have achieved with great pride,” he said.

“I thought it was great last week, but now the dust has settled, I think it is an ever greater achievement.

“It’s such a tough league, everything is big about it – the clubs, the grounds, the attendances, – so to come into that environment and do what we did is excellent.

“Apart from Guiseley, all the three teams which were relegated are bigger than us. That says it all really.”

He added: “I know the players will be saying we can kick on next season, but for me and the club, I’ll take more of the same please.

“If we can consolidate for another year and finish mid-table that will be great.

“It'll set us up for bigger things in the future.”

Griffin emphasised that the club remains ambitious, but must live within its means, something which has served them well for the last decade.

“We are still looking to grow the club and the attendances though.

“We are looking to progress and are not resting on our laurels,” he said.

“The (playing) budget might be tweaked slightly, but it won't be substantially different to the one we currently have.

“We can't match most clubs.

“Some of the wage bills and individual wages are extraordinary, some actually beggars belief.

“We won't be daft, we will work with what we have and that's it.

“We have proved we can be competitive with a budget which is probably a bottom six, actually probably a bottom four budget.

“For us it's all about getting the most out of what we have.”

The club have also made strides off the pitch, upgrading York Road to a standard which, if they were in a position, they would be able to be promoted to the Football League.

But this, like success on the pitch, did not come easily.

“There was a lot we had to do off the pitch this season, just in case we got into a promotion scenario,” Griffin said.

“Getting the A grade certificate, the FA Grading, safety officer and certificates, there was a lot going on.

“It’s fair to say it cost us more money and took us more time and effort than we thought it would, but ultimately it has been worth it.

“It puts us in a good place now and, off the pitch, things should be a bit easier next season.”

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