Stephen Robinson has applauded the clearance of external debt at Motherwell as he looks for youth investment at Fir Park.
The Well, following the sale of James Scott to Hull City, have been able to make the final payments to enable the club to go without external debt for the first time in 40 years.
Robinson reckons that the historic debts were holding the club back, crediting the likes of Alan Burrows for ridding the Steelmen of this financial burden.
“It’s massive for the football club,” said Robinson. “Every time we sold a player or got to a cup final, it was always about paying off the debts again, debts that a lot of people here weren’t involved in at the time.
“Historic debts kept holding the club back in my opinion. Now it’s time to build and invest in the playing squad, the infrastructure, the ground, the training ground, the academy.
“As much as we’ve done well from it, it needs to be upgraded massively to attract players. As a manager I wont stand still. I want to push the club forward, as does Alan Burrows and the board.
“I’m sure they will have a plan for the next five-ten years. They’ve done what they said, fantastic credit to everyone involved. It’s now time to build the club and keep building within our means.”
Whilst a financial weight has been lifted, it doesn’t mean that Robinson is free to splash the cash. He knows fine well that the club have worked hard to get into this brilliant position.
If there is extra spending to be had though, it must be in the youth academy according to the Motherwell manager. Youths come in stages he says and the Fir Park club must keep building on the youngster success, having found joy with the likes of Scott, Allan Campbell, David Turnbull and Chris Cadden to name a few in recent times.
“I know the parameters. I’d love to spend more on players but I also know the reality of the situation,” explained Robinson. “We can’t take the club back into debt again, my budget won’t change, it’ll stay exactly the same.
“We must invest in the youth academy and infrastructure more. There’s more youth bubbling under the surface. It might take them a while to come through again but we’ve got boys in the background who I think will come next season.
“I don’t think they will come this season, they need another six months of football, some we’ve put out on loan. They come in cycles, you get a really good three-four years then it maybe takes another year or two for the next.
“Speaking to Steven Hammell, I know we’ve got a really good U14s squad. If I’m still here by the time they come through into the first-team I’ll be absolutely delighted.
We’ve got Dean Cornelius, Ross MacIver, younger boys that are training with us all the time. Jamie Semple, David Turnbull- if you’re good enough you play- simple.
“We will continue to put them in whilst searching for the ones we’ve found in England as well.”