The annual wage bill for Yeovil Town's squad is just under £1m. Several individual players at Queens Park Rangers earn three and four times that amount but, undaunted, Yeovil are hoping to test themselves against Harry Redknapp's side in the Championship next season.
While QPR drop down from the Premier League, Gary Johnson hopes to beat Brentford in Sunday's League One play-off final and reach English football's second tier for the first time, 10 years after entering the Football League.
"It's true that there are quite a few players at QPR who will be earning more than our whole squad combined but this is my players' chance to make their dreams come true," Johnson says.
"Everyone in our squad comes from humble beginnings but hopefully they'll be earning big money soon. Our annual wage bill is just under £1m so, if we go up and I get the chance to double that, it would be Christmas. But, even then, we would still be way off what most clubs in the Championship pay their players. That puts the size of the task into perspective. But everything at this club is about value for money; it's about finding Wayne Rooney before he's Wayne Rooney."
At the age of 57 and after an eclectic managerial career that began as John Beck's assistant at Cambridge United, featured an interlude in charge of the Latvian national team and involved losing a Championship play-off final to Hull City with Bristol City five years ago, Johnson's sense of adventure remains undimmed.
"I'm the sure the lads have had a sneaky look at the possible fixtures next season," says a manager now in his second stint at Huish Park after masterminding the leap from non‑league football to League One during his initial spell. "It could be Yeovil v Leeds, Nottingham Forest v Yeovil, Leicester v Yeovil. To be facing clubs of that size is an extremely exciting prospect."
With his team having beaten Brentford twice this season they start as favourites but Johnson is not about to underestimate Uwe Rösler's side. "Our previous games won't mean anything," he says. "Both teams are good, both have tremendous workrates and both have the opportunity to be winners."
Brentford were a penalty kick away from automatic promotion in the last minute of the regular season against Doncaster a fortnight ago. But, after Marcello Trotta hit the crossbar on that occasion, the Bees arrive at Wembley via an exhilaratingly unpredictable semi-final against Swindon settled on penalties.
Since Yeovil's semi-final victory against Sheffield United Johnson has needed to be as much a psychologist as a coach. "I've had to bring the lads down and also pick them up. I've had to make sure they haven't been as high as kites, I've kept them calm but now the job is to build them up and make sure they're right physically and mentally."
He trusts his decision to allow his squad two days following the semi‑final will be vindicated. "I felt we all needed a break from each other. It was an intense build-up to the semi so it was important they came into this period refreshed and looking forward to seeing their mates again."
Johnson describes Sunday as "a second chance" in the wake of the hurt suffered in 2008 with Bristol City when Dean Windass, then 39 years old, volleyed a superlative winning goal that swept Phil Brown's Hull into the Premier League.
"It was disappointing to be one game away from the Premier League but in the end it was the Dean Windass story," he says. "This is a second chance – although it's ironic that we're getting it in the same season that Bristol City have been relegated to League One.:
Like his manager, Jamie McAllister, Yeovil's left-back who played for City against Hull five years ago, hopes to put things right. "There's a story behind every player here though, some of them heart-wrenching," says Johnson. "That's powerful stuff; it's what I've told them to use as motivation."