|NO BLANK CHEQUE BOOK AT TNS
TNS managing director Mike Harris has hit
back at accusations that he is the Roman Abramovitch of domestic football - and
has bought success for the side that bears his company name.
- no open cheque book.
in the Non-League Paper suggested Harris' cash had bought
success for his league champions and cup holders as effectively as Abramovitch
"There is hardly a club in Wales, including the League clubs, who can compete with the TNS buying power," said the letter writer.
But Harris says:
* TNS have never paid a penny in transfer fees in his seven-year association
with the club.
* Manager Ken McKenna must use academy players if any of his
17-strong playing squad are unavailable
* One-fifth of TNS’ budget is ploughed directly into the club's
"I must say I always have a bit of a giggle to myself when people compare
us to Chelsea because for one thing - we’re not in debt!” said
"Secondly, we’ve never played our football based on just buying
players and if I look back at matters, I don’t believe we’ve
ever bought a player.
"And as we re-invest in the club, it’s not just based on players’ wages.
When we won the league the first time five years ago, our budget was only
about the tenth largest on the league.
"What we believe we’ve done with the budgets which we do use,
is we’ve managed to invest it wisely.
"We create a great spirit and then once you start to get yourself
on to a winning roll, then it’s a lot easier to attract the right player
because people do want to come and appear for the best team.
moved forwards, we improved slowly rather than try to win everything at once
by bringing in player after player."
Harris told the Non-League Paper that he makes manager Ken McKenna work within
a limitation of a 17-man squad.
"Our manager is always challenging me to go out and bring in some
seasoned professionals, but I keep saying no," added Harris.
"What we believe we’ve created here is an atmosphere and a place
which is growing with belief. Yes, we’ve got to make some investments
into a new ground, but it’s certainly not an open cheque book here.
"And I’ll never let this club run in a debt position."
|17 October 2021