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Wrexham chief says there is confidence in Dean Saunders

Wrexham chairman Ian Roberts
Wrexham chairman Ian Roberts says budgets have been cut this year

Wrexham chairman Ian Roberts says there is still confidence in boss Dean Saunders despite a poor season start.

A group of fans chanted "Saunders out" after they let slip a 2-0 lead to draw their Blue Square Bet Premier match at home to Kidderminster on Tuesday night.

"Confidence is still there... himself he's a hard task-master," Roberts said.

"The fans don't see the hours he puts in on the training ground and other functions of the club but everything, like in any business, is under review."

Wrexham have claimed four points from four league games so far and, although it is still early in the season, are just two places above the relegation places.

Roberts revealed that manager Saunders has had to operate under budget cuts of "30-35%" this season, but the Racecourse Ground side are still far from being the paupers of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"It's a slower start to the season than we would have liked, obviously we're only 10 days into the season," Roberts said.

"We do have no divine right to beat anybody at this level and there's some tough teams in there, a lot of teams struggling to get out of the league as we are.

"As Dean said, we live in an economic climate and the club has gone from year to year losing money and we had to cut budget.

"I think he's brought in experienced players, whereas last year we didn't have... and it's going to take a little bit of time for that team to gel."

Roberts says he understands the frustration of supporters after a period that has seen Wrexham go into administration and suffer relegation from the Football League.

"Our gate last night was 2,400 which I think was the second highest in the division, but we do need the people of Wrexham to support their football club," Roberts said.

"Because obviously it's chicken-and-egg isn't it, and I know the supporters will say 'well we want to see a winning side' but it really does centre around money unfortunately, sport today."

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