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11th January 2005 23:08

Update on Asamoah snippet in Evening Post below:
John Lomas of the CHAD spoke to Carlton Palmer on Monday afternoon, who assured him that Asamoah is going nowhere. Lomas added: "In football anything can happen, but he has been pretty up front and honest so far."
Hendry rubbishes Clare transfer claims
Story by Mark Orr, 11 January 2005

Blackpool boss Colin Hendry has slammed claims from a Nottingham newspaper that League Two Mansfield Town are set to sign Rob Clare and Simon Grayson from 'Pool.

Sources close to the Field Mill club had suggested that Clare was on the verge of penning an 18-month deal, with Grayson another player interesting manager Carlton Palmer.

Palmer managed Clare at first club Stockport County and was said to be desperate to land the player, who has figured at centre-half and right-back since joining 'Pool from County in the summer. Indeed, the article went as far as to say Clare was expected to make his Town debut against Southend on January 22.

The Belper-born man has been knocked down Colin Hendry's defensive pecking order since the £150,000 arrival of Peter Clarke, but has still made 25 appearances and been named in an England under 21 squad in his short time at the club.

However, Hendry acted quickly to quash any thoughts that his future lay away from Bloomfield Road, stressing that he was looking to buy and not sell as his side prepares for the second half of the campaign - and almost certainly a relegation dogfight.

At 35, it seemed unlikely that Grayson, who combines playing with coaching the club's reserve side, would want to move clubs, particularly as he has enjoyed a prolonged run in the side since reverting to the central midfield role he occupied earlier in his career.
Evening Post, 10 January 2005

Blackpool's Rob Clare is thought to be the defender set to join Mansfield Town on an 18-month deal in time for the Stags' game against Southend on January 22.

Clare has made 25 appearances for the League One side this season - and played the full 90 minutes of Blackpool's 2-2 draw against Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Stags' caretaker boss Carlton Palmer has been given the green light to bring in a left back, adding that he wanted to add some height to the Mansfield defence - and 21-year-old Clare fits the bill at 6ft 2in.

The Belper-born defender made more than 100 appearances for Stockport and played under Palmer, before joining Blackpool last summer.

Fellow Blackpool defender Simon Grayson, another tall full back who has played at Stockport, Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Leeds, has also been linked with Stags.

Meanwhile, Palmer is thought to be considering off-loading a striker - with at least one club believed to have been told that Derek Asamoah could be available

Evening Post, 8 January 2005
Jake Buxton is talking over a new deal at Field Mill - as Carlton Palmer plans to switch him to the right-back spot.

John Gannon says he has "the best job in the world."

Buxton has been impressive at left back and Palmer said: "He has been filling the role superbly. I am delighted and he will be offered a new and improved contract. But I want him to play at right back."

Buxton said: "It's brilliant news. He said the chairman has been impressed with what I've been doing and has told me he wants to move me to right back.

"I'm looking forward to playing at right back and the news about the contract is a great start to the new year for me."

Gannon has 'best job'

Gannon, still employed by Mansfield Town as assistant manager, was suspended two months ago for using 'foul and abusive language.' He is on full pay but says the club have not been in contact with him.

"I've got the best job in the world," he said. "I'm being paid for doing nothing.

"I haven't got a clue what's going on. I'm just waiting until it's resolved before I decide what to do next."

Eaton's career in the balance

"This hip op really is last chance saloon for Adam," said the Stags caretaker boss.

"He will have to work very hard during the summer but, if this doesn't work, then it's all over for him."

Evening Post, 8 January 2005
Mansfield Town's hopes of retaining the services of on-loan midfielder Paul Warne have been temporarily dashed.

Mark Roach with the latest from Field Mill

Warne was offered an 18-month deal to stay at Field Mill and had expressed an interest in signing.

But Rotherham yesterday recalled him for duty at Millmoor.

Caretaker boss Carlton Palmer will remain in contact with the player's agent in an attempt to resolve the situation.

Palmer said: "I'm disappointed. We came very close to concluding a deal but it's proving a bit difficult.

"I've spoken to him about it and we're still hopeful we can do a deal. Scunthorpe and one or two other clubs have come in for him.

"But he's told me he wants to sign for us and we're hoping we can conclude a deal over the weekend."

Meanwhile, Tom Curtis, recovering from shoulder and ankle injuries, says he should be available for selection before the end of January.

The midfielder has had an operation to remove a loose particle in his ankle but an op on his shoulder will wait to the end of the campaign.

"The ankle's fine now," he said. "It just needed cleaning up and I should be back in a couple of weeks." The operation to repair ligaments in his dislocated shoulder was put back as it would take four months to recover.

Neil MacKenzie is hoping to be back in action next Saturday.

MacKenzie, who has spent the majority of his loan spell at Macclesfield on the sidelines, was back in training this week.

"I jarred my knee in training and had the cartilage on my left knee trimmed," he said.

"I had the operation four weeks ago, and I'm hoping to be able to play again in just over a week."

He is on loan at Moss Rose until February 26, and has written to Mansfield to let the club know he intends to appeal against his fine for comments he made about caretaker boss Carlton Palmer.

Macclesfield are paying his wages, but the money goes to Mansfield first and the club have deducted a week's pay from MacKenzie.

Mansfield have signed midfielder Fraser McLachlan on a permanent deal from Stockport.

The 21-year-old, who had been on loan since November, has signed a deal to keep him at Field Mill until the end of October.

"As a footballer, it is important to get regular first-team football and I believe I can prove myself to Carlton Palmer and get that at Field Mill," he said.


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