Duncan Watmore’s latest apperance for Sunderland has handed former club Altrincham a cash boost.
The England U21 international left the Vanarama National League North club in May 2013, joining the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee.
In the deal that took the winger to the North East was a clause triggering a five-figure sum when he made his tenth appearance for the Premier League club.
That came on Monday night in Sunderland’s 0-3 home defeat to Everton at the Stadium of Light and it has given new Alty manager Jim Harvey a cash boost as he looks to rebuild his squad.
The news comes as a timely boost for Altrincham as they sit second from bottom in the National League North, having collected only four points from their first eleven games.
On Tuesday night Nuneaton Town inflicted a 4-1 defeat on Altrincham to round off a miserable few days after their 5-0 hammering at Gloucester City on Saturday.
Despite their poor start Altrincham chairman Grahame Rowley has called for unity at the club as he confirmed that the money from the Watmore clause would all be handed to Harvey to use on transfers.
Talking to the club’s official website he said “Due to the situation we find ourselves in, it will all go into the playing budget for Jim to use to make the changes he feels are necessary.
“More than ever, this is a time for everyone to rally round and stick together. We are at our strongest when we are sharing the same objectives and working together to try and make them happen.
“As a board, we want nothing more than a successful team out on the pitch, and it’s clear our supporters want it just as much.
“That’s apparent from the numbers turning up every week, despite such a difficult start to the season, and the support shown for the players.
“Jake Moult remarked on it a couple of times in his programme notes whilst he was one of the caretaker coaches, and it is appreciated by everyone at the club.
“There also seems to be a sense, judging by one or two remarks last night and this morning, that many feel this is a time for reconciliation and coming together, rather than recriminations, for everyone from top to bottom to be pulling together, and I echo that view 100 per cent. We all make mistakes.
“No one is perfect, but we all have the good of the club at heart and want to see an end to this nosedive in our fortunes.
“Jim has been working overtime since taking over to try and bring new faces in and arrange outgoing moves in an effort to eradicate the losing mentality that seems to have set in. Hopefully in the next few days and weeks, those changes will start to take effect'”
Next up for Altrincham is a home fixture against league rivals Gainsborough Trinity in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round on Saturday.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)