RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn has accepted a pay cut to stay at the club – and warned his out of contract players they may be asked to do the same.
McGlynn signed a new one-year contract on Tuesday after guiding Raith to first division safety with a win over Queen of the South on Saturday.
As well as accepting a drop in wages, McGlynn has also taken on the extra responsibility of running the club’s youth academy.
And with further budget cuts likely as Rovers try to claw back losses, McGlynn admits his players may have to follow his example if they want to remain at the club.
He told the Press: “I’ve taken a fairly substantial drop in salary, but I understand that it’s difficult times.
“I’ve had to be realistic, and it’s a safe bet to suggest that the same will go for the players.
“It’s no secret that the directors have had to put their hands in their pockets on many occasions to pay the wages this season.
“It’s been a hard year for the board, but now that we know we’re in the first division, hopefully they will come up with a budget that will give me an opportunity to put a competitive team on the park next season.”
McGlynn only has Brian Graham, Grant Murray, Joe Hamill and Reece Donaldson tied down for next season, but he is hopeful that he can convince more players to stay.
“The players have stepped up to the plate and come good – and I’ve got the greatest respect and admiration for them,” he said.
“I’ve also got belief in them, but until I get a budget it’s difficult to say what I can and can’t do.
“At the beginning of next week we’ll need to iron things out and try to take the next step.”
McGlynn confirmed that, as of this week, none of his out of contract players have indicated that they are leaving the Kirkcaldy club.
But he added: “As a club, we need to get our act together very quickly because there’s a lot of work to be done.”
And while he accepts that next season will be another challenging one, McGlynn is delighted to be staying at Stark’s Park for a seventh season.
He added: “This season has been hard, and at times not exactly enjoyable, but certainly character building.
“I’ve made many friends here, worked with some great people and players, and met a lot of great fans.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and I’m up for the challenge again.”