United boss Keith Curle confirmed today that initial talks have been held with club directors covering issues such as his own contract and transfer window budget.

Speaking about the meeting, he told us: “It was stage one of the required discussions that we had this morning.

“Stage two will be finalised next week, and I think there’ll be a joint statement from the club and myself on Tuesday. That statement will include everything we feel is of interest to the fans but, for now, our focus has to be on the Sheffield Wednesday game.

“Discussions on my contract are part of the meetings, but within all of this there are incidentals which could change the situations we face. A win on Saturday and a big draw in the next round is a great example of how things can change dramatically.”

“That’s why we’ll pick up on those players who have contracts and personal situations to be reviewed next week as well,” he added. “The focus right now is on the Sheffield Wednesday game.

“Bringing players in is down to the availability of funds, and we’ll have more clarity on that after tomorrow’s game. The more money available, the better the quality of players we can bring in. I’m not in the business of trying to bring bodies in for the sake of it.

“We want to bring players in with the skillsets we think we can improve an already competitive squad. I don’t want players going out just for us to bring in other players who aren’t as good as what I’m letting go.

“From the conversations I’ve had, we aren’t in a position where we need to balance the books and we aren’t in a deficit. We’re near the maximum, but I haven’t got to get people off the wage bill before I can bring others in. Being creative within that is part of my job.”
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