New Canberra United coach, Leisbeth Migchelsen. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid says the Canberra United program is self-sufficient and rubbished suggestions new coach Liesbeth Migchelsen is earning a six-figure salary.
Reid revealed the W-League club's total expenses would be close to last season when it spent $326,100 and generated revenues of $327,000, as detailed in Capital Football's annual report.
Reid said Migchelsen was recruited on a package of about $35,000 and the playing roster would earn a combined $60,000.
''Contrary to rumour the coach is not on $100,000, it's a fraction of that,'' Reid said. ''The package for the coach with salary and accommodation and other things is about $35,000, which is pretty lean.
''The package for the players is around about $60,000.''
United's budget in the inaugural season of the W-League was just over $200,000.
Reid said that had increased in line with a rise in revenue.
''The more income we can generate the more we can put into the team,'' Reid said. ''It is totally self-sufficient in terms of the ACT government grant, the sponsorships, the gate receipts and the merchandise sales.
''Once I know what we have in those areas, that's what I spend.''
The 2011-12 W-League champion looms as one of the big improvers of the competition with the recruitment of three American internationals to the playing roster and Migchelsen to replace title-winning mentor Jitka Klimkova.
US under-23 striker Stephanie Ochs has already arrived in Canberra, while fellow Americans Lori Lindsey and Kendall Fletcher will join the squad at the end of the month.
Both are expected to be available for United's season-opener against the Brisbane Roar on November 9.
United will confirm its final 20-player squad on Wednesday.
Queenslander Holly Houston, from the Redlands club, is tipped to get the nod, with exciting talent Ashleigh Palombi the unlucky player to miss out.
Palombi will continue to train with the squad during the season.
Houston can play in the midfield or up front, but may also be used at right back, a position where United tried several options last season.
Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Catherine Brown and Sally Rojahn all spent time in defence.
United will draft in eight players from the ACTAS squad to train with the side while several players are away on international duty.
Striker Michelle Heyman and goalkeeper Lydia Williams are both expected to be in the Matildas squad for their match in the US.
United also has four representatives in the Young Matildas squad for the under-20 AFC championships in China from October 11-20.
Midfielders Grace Field and Rojahn along with forwards Yeoman-Dale and Meg McLaughlin have been selected in the national squad.