PILKS HOPES TO STAY AT FIELD MILL
'PILKINGTON IS STAYING HERE'
Evening Post, by MARK ROACH, 10 June 2005
Mansfield Town boss Carlton Palmer says he expects Kevin Pilkington to be playing for the Stags next season.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper has been linked with Blackpool - after rejecting a new contract at Field Mill which would have involved a pay-cut.
But Pilkington says he is settled with his family in Newark and wants to stay at Mansfield, or at least find a new club which does not involve having to move.
"I've spoken to Kevin Pilkington and we're almost there," said Palmer.
"I am 95% sure he'll be signing. It's just been about money - he wants the best for himself and his family and that's understandable."
Palmer would not be drawn on which players might be lined up to join the Stags, after deals for former Blackpool defender Rob Clare and ex-Hucknall striker Danny Bacon fell through.
"Because of what happened, I won't comment about any players until they've signed," he said.
"I'm going to be keeping my cards close to my chest."
9 June 2005
Jason Harrison of Mansfield 103.2 spoke to Kevin Pilkington this morning.
Pilkington said stories saying he's rejected a deal at Mansfield are completely
untrue, he's set to meet Carlton Palmer on Monday for further negotiations where he hopes that an agreement can be reached. He also says it will be the first time that he's been able to sit down with Palmer about it since the end of the season because of holidays, etc.
He added he doesn't want to leave the area, in fact he's just in the middle of decorating his house, and wants to remain at the Stags.
8 June 2005
Hendry Dismisses Pilkington Speculation
Colin Hendry today dismissed specualtion linking the Seasiders with a move for Mansfield's out of contract goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington. Reports in Nottinghamshire had indicated Pool were in talks with the former Manchester United stopper who was signed for Mansfield by Pool assistant Manager Bill Dearden in 2000.
Asked about the speculation Pool boss Colin Hendry said, "It is news to me, I would think that there are a lot of footballers at a lot of clubs being linked, if you take it from the gospel and that is me, there has been no contact made with Kevin Pilkington, admittedly we are on the look out for another goalkeeper but I have not spoken to Kevin Pilkington."
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