Surrey Live report that chairman Shahid Azeem expects Aldershot Town to stay with the same full-time training model next season – but admits he would be open to having some part-time players should it fit in with the new manager’s plans.

The chairman explained that with the future of Gateshead unclear and the possibility that if the northern club were to fold, the Shots could be in line for a reprieve from relegation, planning for the upcoming 2019-20 season is difficult.

But with Azeem predicting a “competitive” budget, which he admits will not be far off the finances the Shots had in 2018-19, the chairman is not expecting the club to go part-time even if they are relegated to the National League South.

“For me the full-time, part-time thing is a bit of red herring,” Azeem explained.

“For me, if you train in the morning or afternoons two or three times a week and you don’t have another job then that’s full-time. At the moment we are in the National South and our budget would say we will still be training in the daytime.”

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