TORQUAY UNITED are believed to be seeking cuts in Plainmoor staff costs in an effort to keep the club on course to break even and certainly avoid another six-figure loss this season.
The Gulls' board, led by new chairwoman and benefactor Thea Bristow, is determined that United will not go down the rocky financial road trod in recent memory by their Devon rivals Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle.
The cuts, which are limited, may involve some changes in roles.
But they are not believed to impinge on manager Alan Knill's already-tight budget.
Talks have been going on for some time, and the club is expected to announce the changes in the near-future.
Former chairman Simon Baker stressed last season that breaking even, after several big losses in the last few years, was a top priority.
Figures for the last financial year (2012-2013) have not been released yet, but United reported deficits in three of the previous four seasons.
They lost £711,000 in 2008-2009, the season they won promotion back to the Football League, £680,000 in 2009-2010, made a £116,000 profit in 2010-2011 when they reached the League Two Play-Off Final, but then lost £111,000 in 2011-2012.
A large part of the losses were down to a major overhaul of the club's infrastructure and ground, including the building of Plainmoor's new Bristow's Bench grandstand.
Those projects were always planned when the current board bought the club from former owners Mike and Sue Bateson in 2007.
But without the financial backing of Mrs. Bristow and her late husband Paul, most of that work would have been impossible.
It's also been done in the face of the worst recession in modern times, and the financial pressures at Plainmoor are mirrored at many other clubs in the Football League's lower divisions.
United have done well in the transfer market in recent years, but last season's exit from the FA Cup to non-League Harrogate Town in the First Round came as a major blow financially.
There was huge relief when the club pulled out of relegation trouble, thereby retaining vital Football League and TV revenue, at the end of last season.
United has always been seen as a club which acted before it slipped into any real trouble, and the current discussions appear to be a repeat of that policy.