Norman Smurthwaite has admitted that manager Micky Adams was “unhappy” that Paul Wildes has departed the club but the Chairman says that the manager will be offered a new, improved contract and a 30% increase in his transfer budget.
The long-term vision for the club hasn’t changed and I want Micky to be a key part of that…
Smurthwaite told the Sentinel: “Micky is one of the main reasons I bought the club. He’s an exceptional manager and I don’t want to lose him.
“He’s been dealing with Paul, rather than me, on a day-to-day basis and that will change.
“Our relationship is a work in progress, but I hope it’s one that can become stronger all the time.”
“He was a bit unhappy (when he heard the news) and I can see why. He is the fulcrum of the club after all.
“But the long-term vision for the club hasn’t changed and I want Micky to be a key part of that.
“He may not feel as loved as he should at the moment, but I’ve done everything I can to protect him and the squad.”
“The [playing] budget went up 40 per cent from January and it will go up about 30 per cent again next year,” said Smurthwaite.
“I’ve put about £2m into the club since we took over in November, including £300,000 earlier this year.
“They are serious numbers, but I’m prepared to back the manager.
“We came up with a blueprint for League One next season and it will stay the same even though Paul has left.”