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MANAGER: We have a meeting scheduled for Friday

Manager Keith Curle on his contract and the January transfer window

31 December 2017

United boss Keith Curle confirmed on Saturday evening that talks are due to held with the club’s hierarchy at the end of next week about transfer window dealings and about his won contract situation, with his current spell at the club due to expire at the end of June 2018.

“There’s a meeting scheduled with the stakeholders for next Friday, ahead of the Sheffield Wednesday game,” he explained. “Players currently on short-term deals will be part of that discussion.

“With James Brown, we’re in open negotiations with Millwall, at CEO level, and it’s just a case of finalising a deal that sees everybody happy. We still his immediate future here with us, but there is interest from a higher division. Hopefully he’ll see that the best place to be is where he’s going to be close to the first team environment.”

On bolstering the squad, he said: “Ideally I’d have liked to have been able to do some business straight away, but we’re in a business that needs to show good housekeeping.

“If money is available, I’ll spend it, and if there isn’t, I won’t. That’s when I know I’ll need to be more creative. Football clubs need footballers, they cost money, and the job of the club is to try to make money available.

“My job is then to try to get the best value footballer for the money available. That won’t change because I can’t see players coming and playing for nothing – it’s be good if they would.”

“My contract situation will be discussed at the meeting as well,” he confirmed. “I think what we need is some clarity on where we all stand.

“You can’t say you’re going to go into a meeting like that to negotiate, because you have to be offered something to be able to negotiate in the first place.

“Personally I think it’s clarity and direction that’s needed for all parties.”

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