Manager on his squad for next season
Mark McGhee is still hoping to add four more players to his squad before the start of the season.
The manager has brought in striker David Clarkson and central defenders Rogvi Baldvinsson and Garry Kenneth in the last few weeks, but he is very keen to strengthen even further.
He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “I would like four more players before the start of the season, whether I can get four or whether we can afford four is another matter, but I still feel we are four players short of the squad I want to start the season with.
“That is not to say that we are finished as far as one or two going out.
“We will be looking to put a squad together that we think will make us competitive.”
One of those players could be German midfielder Fabien Broghammer, who could be seen as a replacement for Mustapha Carayol who joined Middlesbrough yesterday.
“Fabien is back tonight and we will continue the process of negotiating with him and his representatives.
“We have all liked what we have seen of him so far; he has showed great ability, great pace, he is productive and I think he has a goal in him.”
Over the last few days Rovers have seen Mustapha Carayol and Chris Zebroski leave the Memorial Stadium to join other clubs.
“Part of the process of changing around a squad is that there has to be some sacrifice to make way.
“In the summer when contracts are up there is a natural cull, but I felt we had to stir things up a little bit, and I knew Cheltenham were interested in Chris and we wish him luck.
“It is a great move for Muzzy, they have a fantastic set up and the type of football they want to play will suit Muzzy. He did well for me, and his attitude was first class, and we certainly wish him luck.”
The money received for Muzzy will not necessarily go straight towards a replacement, but the manager will be pushing for as much money as he can.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean that the money we get from Muzzy is available over and above everything else, it all goes into a pot where we have to allow for contingency, if we are doing well or badly that we can do more things in the new year. It is not as simple as Muzzy has gone therefore we have x amount of money to go to buy a player
“I will certainly be putting pressure on the Chairman to get as much out of him as I possibly can, but I know how keen the Chairman is to give me as much as he can.”
And with the Bristol derby looming on Saturday, Mark and his players are looking forward to the occasion.
“We are getting excited about the game, but it is a pre season game not a play-off final or anything that has any significance in the season.
“It is a preparation match for both of us, we both want to come through the game having had a test, but with no injuries.
“We think it is an exciting game for supporters, we expect supporters to be on their best behaviour, because for as long as we are in different divisions, this is something we could do every year.”
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