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Allen set for emergency loan kitty

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 12, 2009

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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."

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.

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    Tom, Charlton Kings  |  February 14 2009, 1:27PM

    Micahael D'Agostino is a free agent at the moment, why dont we bring him back on the cheap? He will make a tidy profit for us in a couple of years or so....

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    seen the light, here  |  February 12 2009, 6:38PM

    Richard i went to the last farce.It mainly consisted with Allan appealing for some one with a trumpet.That didn't happen the only thing we got was him blowing his own trumpet.The ones who go tonight will be bought in with his naff charms its a shame they cant see the blokes a total fraud the sooner he walks the better

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    Chippy, Gloucester  |  February 12 2009, 6:37PM

    Finnigan bombed for Saturday ,? Ask Allen that tonight .... He'll bluff his way out of it a usual

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    Richard, Cheltenham  |  February 12 2009, 5:40PM

    I'll ask MA to send round a lorry load of BITTER to your place.

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    Oleg Popov, Moscow  |  February 12 2009, 5:33PM

    Send a gritter up to Whaddon Road tonight. Everything MA says tonight will need to be taken with such a large pinch of salt you'll get through a lorry load.

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    Daves rules, chelt  |  February 12 2009, 4:53PM

    went to banger and mash night wasnt that impressed with Allen but despite the bluster and doubts i have about him it aint easy and we cant afford to sack him anyway Josh Low to start saturday?

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    village team,, village fans  |  February 12 2009, 4:51PM

    seems like the small town mentality is holding back our fans - who cares if he is a 'cockney' (all be it from reading) - only insular people stuck in the last century would let that bother them! If you don't want a 21st century league team then leave us in peace and support cleeve or gloucester - its difficult enough trying to establish CTFC without you lot trying to hold us back!

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    Richard, Cheltenham  |  February 12 2009, 4:02PM

    ITK - MA's Corrupt now as well as a Deluded Clown?? If you can bring the proof along + present it to MA tonight - I'm sure he'd welcome your comments - as would the Mr Baker and the rest of us who will be there. ITK - your moment has come!

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    intheknow, Glos  |  February 12 2009, 3:40PM

    I have better things to do with my life than sit and listen to the ramblings of a deluded and corrupt fool.

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    bob houghton, france  |  February 12 2009, 3:20PM

    Deiseldog - you don't need to send me positives or negatives - if you could just tell me what happens,that would be great. If it's just Martin Allen saying that we are heading in the right direction when we have plummeted to bottom position eight points off the pace, tell someone else !! You might be kind enough to ask two obvious questions - 1) we know what wages we can pay which is why we can't attract better players, so why are we being told that yet another player can be brought in on loan 'if he is the right calibre' by which, I assume they mean better than we have got and therefore, by definition, wanting higher wages ? 2) are we sure that this isn't just more spin which will come to nothing in order to keep the supporters from revolting ? This is assuming that you are not revolting already (photograph please !) HA! HA!