CHAIRMAN Steve Goode vowed to loosen Worcester City’s purse strings at the business end of the season – provided the team is “in the mix” for promotion.

Cash-strapped City sit seventh in the Midland Football League, 11 points behind leaders Ilkeston Town on the back of three defeats in five games.

Goode revealed yesterday that manager John Snape’s position could be at risk should City not achieve top-four finish but backed him to oversee a turnaround.

And should Worcester manage to get themselves in with a shout of the title and the single Premier Division promotion spot, Snape has been promised "a little bit more" money to try to get past the winning post.

“Ideally, we want promotion but we have to do things in stages,” said Goode.

“We have told John and Ashley (Vincent, assistant manager) that if we’re there or thereabouts when it comes to a time when we might need to add (to the squad), we would be willing to.

“We have to look at the long-term picture as well. If we wanted to we could break the bank and go for it but if we then didn’t make it, that could be the end of the club. We have to be sensible about things.

“The board is trying to get the club’s priorities in order. The first thing is to get back to Worcester and we have to sort out the finances and organise an AGM, something we are in the process of doing.

“Number three in my view is the team but if that side is going well, everything else seems to tick over.

“We would love to be in that top two fighting for promotion this season but if not, we’d have to rethink and look to next season.

“Even John has stated, if we are fourth or fifth after Christmas and don’t look like getting that extra push then we might as well keep funds for the following season.

“Hopefully, we will be where we want to be and there will be a little bit more available.

“It is very difficult to juggle things at a club without its own ground. If we got back to Worcester things would be very different and our scope for wages would be more than what they are now.”