Notts County: Keith Curle will have to wheel and deal in January after shock cup exit
NOTTS County boss Keith Curle has not ripped up his January wish-list, after their shock FA Cup exit.
But he has revealed he will have to do some shrewd wheeling and dealing in the new year to strengthen his squad for the final push for promotion in League One.
The Magpies were hoping to bank almost £100,000 in prize money in the cup, plus cash from gate receipts, by beating League Two sides Rotherham United and Aldershot in the second and third rounds.
But they were sent crashing out 3-0 by the Millers at Meadow Lane in midweek.
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Curle will now have to offload players before he can sign new ones when the transfer window reopens.
"Make no mistake about it, I know finances are very tight at the club at the moment," he said. "We have to be very careful in the acquisitions we make.
"Any transfer dealings will have to be good housekeeping because, looking at the finances now we've gone out of the cup, the likelihood is it is going to have to be one out, one in.
"There are a lot of clubs that get into financial problems because they make money available when it is not there.
"We are not like that so it will take good housekeeping from me and Jim Rodwell (chief executive) and some of the signings we make are going to have to be funded by people going in the other direction, if we are able to do that."
Notts face Leyton Orient at Meadow Lane tomorrow and Curle added: "We need to have a look at where we have come in a very short space of time and people must not forget we are only six points off the top."