Capital One Cup: QPR tie will help Exeter City finances

Exeter City chief executive Julian Tagg says the club's Capital One Cup first round tie with QPR will significantly help the club's finances.

The League Two club's budgets constraints led manager Paul Tisdale to say he would be limited to one new signing this summer, after a number of senior players were released in April.

"It won't solve all our problems," Tagg told BBC South West.

"It's a difficult economic climate, but it will certainly help significantly."

But Tagg was quick to point out that the cash they earn from the tie will be nowhere near the £275,000 they got from a tribunal last year after Troy Archibald-Henville and James Dunne left the club.

"It's not exactly the same as those we've had before with Troy and James Dunne, they were quite significant sums and it's not in the same category as that at all.

"But every little helps and this will be a reasonable amount to help us towards our target."

Exeter's recent League Cup record

  • 2012-13 - 1st round
  • 2011-12 - 2nd round
  • 2010-11 - 1st round
  • 2009-10 - 1st round
  • 2008-09 - 1st round

Exeter received a financial boost in the second round of the 2011-12 League Cup when their sold-out tie with Liverpool was screened live on television and Tagg hopes the game will be shown live this time.

"The TV's the icing on the cake and there was a few attractive ties, but this would be a particularly attractive one as well so we hope we'll be in that mix," he added.

"It's going to be a real test and we've also got a pre-season game with QPR so that'll add a little bit of extra spice to that match where both sides will be watching very carefully for the danger players."

City, who last played QPR in the first round of the League Cup in 2009 when they lost 5-0, could face former Exeter striker Jamie Mackie.

The Scotland international scored 20 goals in two-and-a-half years for the Grecians when they were in the Conference before moving on to local rivals Plymouth Argyle in 2008 for £145,000.

"We haven't got the best cup record, but you never know in these situations, that's why it is so exciting and that's why cup games are what they are," said Tagg.

"We've had some exciting performances there before and won some good games and there's no reason why we can't win this one.

"It's great for the players to test themselves at that level and if you can win the game and go on it sets the season running nicely, so it's all positive."