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McCall to stick with what he's got
Stuart McCall will not make a last-minute delve into the loan market.
The transfer shutters come down for the season at tea-time today and the City chief has no plans for any further shopping.
McCall has already added two faces in March – Keith Gillespie on a short-term contract and Accrington frontman Paul Mullin on loan to replace Barry Conlon.
And despite losing four on the bounce, McCall believes he possesses enough resour-ces to get back on track for the crucial seven-game run-in.
He said: “That’s it now. I’ve got enough players in different positions for a variety of choices.
“We are in a run we don’t want at this stage but it’s down to us to turn it round. And I still believe there is enough ability within the squad to pick up the points we need between now and the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, joint-chairman Mark Lawn reckons the fans can hold the key to persuading McCall to stay at Valley Parade if City do miss out on the play-offs.
McCall has threatened to step down if his side do not finish in the top seven. But Lawn believes the supporters can sway him by snapping up next term’s season tickets early.
Lawn said: “Stuart McCall loves this club and he loves the supporters. If the supporters turn round and back him, it’s a more powerful argument than I can give.
“If people want Stuart to stay, then get behind him and commit to your season-ticket. That says that even if we don’t get in the play-offs, we still want you here - and then I think Stuart will stay whatever happens.”
Lawn has already warned that cheap tickets will be a thing of the past after next season if City do not meet their 10,000 target again. Sales are currently around 6,500.
Fans have until close of business on Tuesday to buy season-tickets at the reduced price of £175 for adults. After that, it will increase to £250.
The Valley Parade box office will be open from 9am to midday on Saturday and from 11am to 3pm on Sunday.
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