Rosler reveals plans for Fleetwood’s FA Cup cash

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Fleetwood head coach Uwe Rosler says Town’s bumper FA Cup prize money will not all be spent in transfer windows but on contract extensions and facilities too.

And chief executive Steve Curwood says projected gate receipts from next month’s third-round visit to Bristol City will take Town’s earnings from their FA Cup run to £200,000, their first two ties having gone to replays.

There is also the incentive of a further £67,500 cash boost if Town can reach round four for the first time.

Rosler says the extra money will be helpful in extending the contracts of players whose current deals end this summer. David Ball, Conor McLaughlin and Jimmy Ryan are three key figures who fall into that category.

Rosler says the pressure is “completely off” for the trip to Ashton Gate. “The chairman gave me the target of being in (the competition) in January and we fulfilled that,” he said. “Financially the chairman is very happy, from what I have heard. That is extra money that will help us to do things we could not do without that money, in January and also in the summer.

“It is not all about (new) players but also about contract extensions, facilities and certain things we have in mind.

“I think for a club like Fleetwood Town, it is massively important for our prestige and financially to still be in the Cup. We can go to Bristol City and enjoy ourselves.”

CEO Curwood wrote in his monthly online statement: “November and December is very much about the FA Cup, and for clubs like ourselves progression at this stage is massive for momentum and spirit but equally important from an income point of view.”

Curwood also says plans are in place to enhance their academy set-up, which would cost money.

He wrote: “Having achieved category 3 status in the summer, we are now planning for category 2. Really moving the youth operations into a serious phase will require further full-time personnel and also an indoor facility (a feasibility study is under way into delivering this at Poolfoot Farm).