Paul Doswell believes Chester have paid the price for their summer overspend which has led to the club falling into financial turmoil.

The Sutton United boss – who oversaw a 3-2 win over Chester on Saturday – feels the off-field situation at the Deva was always going to manifest given the vastly increased wage budget, far beyond the Blues means, which has resulted in Blues fans raising over £100,000 to bail out the club and prevent a second insolvency in eight years.

While Chester are now set to remain a football club, relegation into National League North is now almost certain, in stark contrast to Doswell’s Sutton, who top the table and could secure a shock promotion into the Football League.

The U’s secured a major financial windfall last season due to their FA Cup run, but rather than blow the cash on an over-inflated playing squad, Doswell used the money to gradually keep improving the community club both on and off the pitch.

“We know what players get paid in this league and we know the quality of player that Chester had, and ultimately they were running on a wage bill they couldn’t afford and that continued for too long,” Doswell said.

“They had a ridiculous amount of backroom staff and that isn’t what we have got here. If you look around it is myself, the assistant manager who doesn’t get paid and the kit man who doesn’t get paid. We still treat ourselves as a non-league club and have that mentality.

“You get yourself in trouble in the main if you spend more than you have got, and that includes plenty of other teams in our league by the way.”

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