KARL Robinson was pleased to see all of Oxford United’s board at Saturday’s game with Doncaster Rovers, and admits he is closer to knowing his budget for next season.

The U’s boss was able to chat to chairman Sumrith ‘Tiger’ Thanakarnjanasuth as well as other directors Erick Thohir, Horst Geicke, Zaki Nuseibeh and Anindya Bakrie before the clash.

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And Robinson says having everyone together was a big help in getting the point across that some mistakes made this season must not be repeated in the future.

“I think the idea behind the meeting was almost to show them that we have people who work here on a day-to-day basis and you have to understand (these same mistakes) can’t happen next year,” he said.

“We must deal with the issues that have come up.

“There are always bumps in the road when you have a takeover, especially when you have so many people from different parts of the word.

“There will always be problems – the language barrier, the ability to sit down face-to-face and get business done.

“But they are all good people and I think they have got the club at their heart.”

The United chairman said earlier in the month that next year’s budget is likely to be “about the same, or a little less”.

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And while it seems an exact figure is still to be confirmed, Robinson says it is something he will work with.

“Yes, I’m a bit closer (to knowing the budget),” he said.

“The budget will never be what a manager wants. There’s a possibility (it will be lower next season) but there’s so many different things that can influence it.

“One of them is that we have to get as many people in this stadium as possible.

“It really does all help.”