RUMOUR: CARLISLE DEFENDER TURNS DOWN STAGS
McDonagh turns down Mansfield move?
By Lee Rooney, 25/5/2002
CARLISLE UNITED defender Will McDonagh has apparently turned down a move to recently promoted side Mansfield Town. It is believed that "The Stags" offered around £45K for the former Bohemians youngster, but the player himself insisted he was "happy at Brunton Park".
McDonagh arrived at Brunton Park in October 2001 from Roddy Collins' old side Bohemians.
Division Two newboys Mansfield are believed to have bid around £50K for McDonagh. United are desperate to offload players in order to make up money to help pay off a tax-bill which has now resulted in a winding-up order, which will be heard in the High Court in London next month.
But, if United were to pay off this bid, the chances of Roddy Collins returning as manager and John Courtenay taking over the club would be almost non-existant.
It is also rumoured that Preston North End made bids for both Lee Andrews and Richie Foran, but they also turned down the moves.
United released 16 players a few weeks ago in a bid to reduce the club's wage bill and have told several of the remaining under-contract first-team squad that they can go if they find a new club.
It is likely that more rumours will develop over the coming weeks as to other clubs being interested in United players, as the club attempts to come to terms with the winding-up petition.
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