Chris Hargreaves has revealed that he has a couple of unnamed players training with his Yeovil Town squad who he is hoping to bring in to bolster his squad.
The Glovers head to Oldham Athletic on Saturday looking to banish the ignominy of an FA Cup exit at the hands of lower league Taunton Town on Tuesday night.
Asked about whether he could have reinforcements before that match, the boss told BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins that delays in registering players was causing delays.
He said: “We have got a couple of players training with us but unfortunately it comes down to registration and clearance which is holding us up at the moment.
“That has been the delay for over ten days now which is frustrating, so that one is out of our hands, but I am actively looking.”
The length of the delay would suggest that international clearances may be a factor, although forward Gime Toure did also arrive following a period on trial.
Hargreaves admitted that he did not have a big budget to go out and bring in reinforcements as he seeks to pull the Glovers out of the bottom half of the National League table.
He added: “Is there a huge pot of money to go and get some of the best players in the National League? Of course there isn’t, you have to be realistic.
“We work with what we work with and, as I have said many times, we are where we are as a club and we can’t change that.
“Clubs at all levels have to be sustainable because we want clubs to exist, so I just have to get on with my job with the tools I have got.
“In my opinion, other than the two games (against Taunton) we have seen which I will apologise again to the fans that travelled, in the main the players have been extremely competitive.”
Whilst Yeovil beat Solihull Moors in their last league outing, their opponents have drawn two and lost two of their previous four matches and sit in 18th place, one below the Glovers, with the sides separated by six goals on goal difference.
The Latics were recently taken over by the Rothwell Family, led by chairman Frank Rothwell who made his wealth selling cabins, and appointed former Everton defender David Unsworth, who Hargreaves admitted will be in no doubt about how tough life is in the National League.
He added: “David will be under no illusion about how tough his job is and I have no problem with the reaction (of Yeovil Town supporters who booed the team off) after the game on Tuesday.
“I think our fans have given a lot and taken a lot over the last few years, but they just want to see their club do well and so do I.
“If I was a shrinking violet I would not have taken it and if I didn’t believe I could do it, I would not have taken it.
“I can’t step over the white line for the players, I can give them the information about the opposition, how I think we can beat them and then it’s up to them to go and deliver and there’s enough players to go and do that.”
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