Newell demands war chest
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mike Newell says it is vital that he is given a transfer kitty to sustain Luton's revival.
Mike Newell has hinted that he might quit Luton Town if the board fail to provide him with transfer funds at the end of the season.
The Hatters boss has been heavily linked with a move to Leicester City during the summer, and he also features prominently on the bookies' list of potential candidates to replace Mick McCarthy at Sunderland.
Now he has fanned the flames of speculation by demanding that chairman Bill Tomlins dips into his pocket to enable some strengthening at the end of the season.
"If you don't improve the team you can be in trouble and I need assurances that we can spend," he declared. "I expect somebody sit me down and tell me what's going on."
Meanwhile, agent Charles Collymore has responded to Newell's accusations that he has been offering Enoch Showunmi to other clubs while he is still under contract to Luton.
The Hatters boss recently informed the Football Association of the alleged misdemeanor, but Collymore insists that the whole matter is nothing more than a storm in a teacup.
The towering Showunmi has made just ten starts this season and has largely been used by Newell as an impact player, having come off the bench on 23 occasions.
The Nigerian will be a free agent at the end of the season, and Newell is frustrated that he will not commit his future, saying: "Enoch still hasn't signed his new contract. I've asked him a couple of times, but it's just not happening."
Luton will not be entitled to any compensation if Showunmi does quit Kenilworth Road during the summer, as he turns 24 in April, but Collymore says there is still a good chance that he could commit his future to The Hatters.
"The lad loves Luton," he affirmed, "he's just looking to evaluate his options, that's all. He might stay at Luton, he might not."
He added that he was a little upset by the manner in which Newell had handled the situation, continuing: "I'm very disappointed by Mike's comments. To say that I have 'touted' Enoch around is simply not true.
"I'd like to see any evidence that suggests I have, because it is just not something that I would do."