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‘We need money’: Bury boss Kevin Blackwell wants FA Cup run to fund player recruitment

By Suraj Radia

Bury manager Kevin Blackwell has revealed he is hoping for a good run in the FA Cup so the club can profit from the financial benefits.

The Shakers kick off their FA Cup campaign on Saturday by playing host to League Two side Exeter for the third time in six years.

And Blackwell stressed the importance of the competition, citing the extra revenue as potential funding for January signings.

“The FA Cup is massive to us because we need some money,” Blackwell told BBC Radio Manchester.

“If I’m going to try and make some permanent signings in January, I’m going to need some funds and that’s one way to do it.”

Despite his frustration at the lack of money available to him, Blackwell was keen to praise his loan signings for their impact on Bury’s survival challenge.

“The loan players have really shone for us,” he said.

“Hopefully people realise that when I bring people in, I don’t want them to sit on the bench. I bring them in to make us a better team otherwise there’s no point in bringing them in.”

On-loan QPR striker Troy Hewitt is poised to make his first start for Bury after Tom Hopper was prevented from playing by parent club Leicester City.

Blackwell will also be without suspended Zac Thompson but fellow loanees Matt Doherty and Dominic Poleon have been cleared to play.

The outspoken manager also expressed his delight at his squad’s progress during his tenure, having been critical of them in the past.

Blackwell said: “I have to say, I’m also pleased with the lads I’ve inherited. I’ve been tough on them and asked questions of them, and at the moment they’re responding.

“We’ve stopped the defeats and now we keep trying to get some wins.”

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