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January transfer window: Troy Deeney handed Forest Green survival war chest

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With Forest Green fighting to stave off a return to non-league football, boss Troy Deeney has been handed a survival war chest.

A raft of fresh faces are expected to be ushered into the changing room in a last-gasp attempt to beat the drop, with Rovers starting to be cut a drift at the bottom of the table.

Chairman Dale Vince had promised funds to axed boss David Horseman just before his departure and now the New Lawn top brass will be charged with bucking a trend which has seen recruitment that has fallen short, leaving Rovers facing back-to-back relegations.

Before Horseman’s departure earlier this month, Vince admitted the backroom staff are all singing from the same hymn sheet and he expects the January transfer window to be a busy one, he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Steve Kitchen: “The conversations are between David, me and Allan [Steele] our director of football and we’re all on the same page.

“If anything, I’ve pushed the conversation further, pushed the envelope further, in terms of what we need to do just to take away any inhibition of what might be required budget-wise.

“I’ve said, ‘blank sheet of paper, what do we really need to turn this around? Where are we weak on the pitch? What do we need to bring in?’

“We’ve got our target list – it’ll be quite a few recruitments in January.”

Matches aren’t won on computers, but Vince revealed analysis carried out by the backroom staff will go along way into securing League Two football next season: “We’ve spent a lot of time looking at the reasons for our current league position. There are a number of them,” Vince said.

“I’m confident that we’ve put a lot of time and thought into this, and analysis, and we’re doing everything we possibly can to solve the issues we have.”

Forest Green welcome AFC Wimbledon to the New Lawn on New Year’s Day, 3pm.

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