Manager Chris Rawlinson has committed his future to Spalding United in the wake of the club cutting their weekly budget.

The Tulips, who were spending big and pushing for promotion from Evo-Stik NPL Division One South last season, have opted for a “change in direction” off the pitch as they bid to safeguard their future.

Although there is “no appetite” within the club to drop back down to the ChromaSport UCL Premier Division (step five), Rawlinson admits that the days of the club paying to attract top talent are now over.

The Spalding supremo, who does admit that telling the players about the cut was “frustrating”, accepts that he now has to wait and see if any of the current squad decide to move on following wage cuts.

“It’s obviously important that the club lives within its means,” said Rawlinson. “We can’t go on like we have been.

“Last season we made a flying start and saw it through with big investment, reaching the play-off final.

“That’s over now. The budget has been reduced and the club is going through a change in direction. Perhaps we’ll no longer be able to afford that bit of sparkle we’ve had in recent years.”

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