Spencer Day reckons he’s playing more the role of weatherman than football manager these days.
The Farnborough chief has been left in limbo in recent weeks with five of his last six Skrill South fixtures falling victim to waterlogged conditions, including the back-to-back relegation clashes with Tonbridge Angels and Boreham Wood this week.
And the frustrated Boro boss insists the lack of activity is forcing him to play a ‘game of chess’ with as many as five new signings waiting in the wings to help revitalise a team which hasn’t won since November 22.
“It’s been a difficult period,” explained Day, who is looking to add at least two strikers and a midfielder to the ranks.
“I’m having to manage the situation carefully because we can not afford to sign players on the kind of wages we are talking about and risk them sitting on the sidelines.
“We have released six players this last month to free up funds in the budget but this weather has hit the club hard in terms of revenue and we just can not afford to get this wrong.
“I’ve been on weather websites more than I have football ones these last couple of weeks, but its a necessity because we need to make the very most of the money we have.
“It’s been a case of playing a game of chess with the weather and timing the arrival of the new players in order to get the most we can from them. Bringing them in to play one or two games on money we haven’t got just isn't an option.”
All being well, Day will have his targets in place for two must-win six-pointers this week with bottom club Dorchester Town due to visit Paddy Power Park on Saturday, followed by fellow strugglers Tonbridge on Tuesday night.
But the reality is that the pitch is still saturated from the relentless rainfall, which if it persists, will surely prolong the club’s agony.
Day added: “Already, we are looking very carefully at the possibility of Saturday being off, and possibly Tuesday night also.
“On a positive note though, it’s a mid-season break which everyone has been clambering about for years and it’s probably come at a good time for us football-wise.
“We haven’t been on a good run so it’s given us a chance to reflect, bring in a few new, fresh faces and go at it hard for the second half of the season.”