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18th May 2002 14:37

Stuart Watkiss admits that clubs can now begin to dictate players' wages again because of the collapse of the ITV Digital deal.
Watkiss - who recently guided The Stags to promotion - has said that players are "worried" about their contracts in the current financial climate.
Watkiss told TEAMtalk: "It is going to be interesting to see whether the players do lower their sights in terms of wages.
"I think that there is a situation arising where for the first time in many years, the club can begin to dictate to the player in terms of wages.
"This is in contrast to the players walking in and demanding a certain wage and if they don't get it they are going to leave and go to another club.
"I have spoken to some players, and they are worried about what is going to happen.
"Especially the players in the lower leagues who have families. They are wondering whether to accept the first offer that comes along and get some financial security or do they back their own ability and wait for an offer to come along later."
Meanwhile, Watkiss says he is relishing the challenge in the Second Division even though he knows there is a giant step to take.
"We will be looking forward to the new season and hope we can do well. Speaking to people, they say that there is a massive difference between the Third and Second Divisions," added Watkiss.
Source: Teamtalk


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