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Falkirk boss understands belt tightening exercise

Falkirk boss John Hughes is frustrated at not being able to strengthen his squad but understands the need to be financially cautious. The Bairns manager insists he has to accept his board's direction.

He said: "We are one of the clubs that's in the black; we would never go in the red.

"But, as a manager, you want that we bit of finance.

"I think clubs are all there in terms of cutting costs but I can only talk about Falkirk.

"It's what comes through the turnstiles.

"It's frustrating because, if I'm being brutally honest, I was sitting down about six weeks ago and counting up the figures and you're thinking you can bring two or three in in the window but it's not there.

"Would you throw money at it to stay in the SPL? That's a gamble you would have to sit down and take. When is the time to throw money at it? Now.

"The window is the only opportunity and I think we need a few meetings to say that.

"They have given me ways to raise my own funds by getting players out on loan and things like that but no-one is buying, no-one is taking players on loan because they have got no money.

"What I've got at this club is certainly good enough, or it should be good enough."

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