Date: 25th April 2014 at 2:17pm
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Manager James Beattie has said that decisions have already been made when it comes to the playing squad for next season.

With two games remaining and the possibility that we can secure our League Two status for another season this weekend in the game against Oxford United, Beattie has admtted that he’s had to make some tough decisions when it comes to the playing squad for next season, but those decisions are made now.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained.

‘We’ve already sat down and decided who is going to be offered contracts for next year. I think the club just wanted to make sure that we were safe because you can’t offer contracts until then because that would be naive. We did it for the young lads a couple of weeks ago. I know from talking to managers that I’ve had it’s the hardest thing to do.’

Beattie’s previous experience on that score he says is basically last summer when we had lads in on trial and he had to say they were quite what he was looking for, but it’s not quite the same as telling somebody you’ve worked with for 12 odd months that you are letting them go.

It’s not a nice part of the job, but it’s life.

Obviously the focus is on the short term at the moment with two games left to play, but the gaffer also confirms that he has already begun talks with chairman Peter Marsden about budgets and the like for next season, and he says he’s hugely appreciative of how he has been backed and supported so far.

Lee Molyneux, should he recover from injury in time, could also make his last appearance in the game against Oxford as his loan spell from Crewe Alexandra expires following that game, and Beattie admits he’d love to be able to tempt him back for next season if a deal could be done.

‘It would be something that potentially we’re interested in. I’ll have to speak to the chairman about the numbers but I know that Lee likes it here, he likes working with me, Stevo and the lads and he’s got a great affinity with the fans.’