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Darrell Clarke hopes Salisbury City stay full-time

Darrell Clarke
Player-manager Clarke first joined Salisbury City back in 2007

Salisbury City boss Darrell Clarke wants his side to remain full-time following their promotion to the Blue Square Bet South.

The Wiltshire side's play-off final victory at Hednesford on Monday moved them out of the Southern League at the first time of asking.

"I hope that's the way the board decide to go," Clarke told BBC Wiltshire.

"We've done it sensibly [thanks to the board] after Salisbury got themselves in a very, very bad situation."

The Whites suffered a double demotion from the Blue Square Premier last summer.

They broke Football Conference rules because they were unable to pay back a creditor by a set deadline, having come out of administration.

Clarke added: "Don't get me wrong, we're still losing money and we've got to look at cutting things but that's for the board to decide.

"I'm just delighted to have got promoted for the fans, for the board, for my staff and the players."

And chairman William Harrison-Allan says he is not getting carried away about next season.

"Our real plan is to put the club back on an even keel so the off-field stuff doesn't jeopardise the on-field stuff," he said.

"I would hope that we'd be in mid-table and maybe even sneak into the play-offs.

"But you have to have the business plan to support the Blue Square Premier as you've got to have £100,000 a year just to travel and stay overnight."

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see also
Salisbury City secure promotion
03 May 11 |  Non League
Salisbury suffer double demotion
10 Jun 10 |  Salisbury
Salisbury name Clarke as manager
04 Aug 10 |  Non League

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