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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders happy for big-spending Margate to take on tag of title favourites

By Steve Tervet

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders insists all the pressure is on big-spending Margate to win the Ryman League, Premier Division next season.

New Gate chairman Bob Laslett has given manager Terry Brown plenty of financial backing and that added clout means they’re already firm title favourites.

Luke Moore, Zac Attwood and Brett Johnson are among Margate’s summer signings so far and Saunders doesn’t mind his former club taking the close-season spotlight.

He said: “It puts the pressure on them. It becomes everyone’s cup final, especially when people hear what they’re paying.

Maidstone boss Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Payton
Maidstone boss Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Payton

“If their chairman wants to have a good go, spending money, it’s completely up to him. It’s not as easy to get out of this league as what people think, though.

“Don’t get me wrong, it helps if you can pay big money and get the best players. I spent a long time there, it’s a good club and I hope for their sake that it’s not something that fades out and they then find themselves in a lot of trouble.”

One player not with Stones next season is right-back Elliott Cox, who left the club this week.

Saunders said: “I spoke to him at the end of the season and we couldn’t reach an agreement but it’s not just about money."

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