CURLE SPEAKS AS STAGS GO TO WAR WITH CHESTER
Meanwhile, Curle confirmed that he was still hopeful of signing Mansfield Town defender Dave Artell despite an accusation from Mansfield of an illegal approach by Chester for the player.
Curle said: “Mansfield have reported Chester to the FA for an illegal approach for Dave Artell.
“But Chester will contest the accusation and we are still hopeful of trying to clinch a deal for the player who has asked for a move.
“I want to sign Dave Artell, but I'm not going to be bullied or intimidated into a transfer deal for the player.”
STAGS ACT ON ARTELL 'MOVE'
Evening Post, 01 July 2005
Stags chairman Keith Haslam says Dave Artell is still a Mansfield Town player - and that he will be reporting Chester City for an alleged illegal approach for the player.
Former Stags boss Keith Curle, the new manager at Chester, appeared to have signed Artell.
But Haslam said: "The situation is that I spoke with their chairman, who was going to put an offer in writing.
"Before I saw the offer in writing I saw a report saying the player had signed a two-year contract with Chester.
"The player is still speaking with Keith Curle and Chester, which constitutes an illegal approach.
"We haven't agreed a deal with Chester. He's still a Mansfield player. The terms aren't agreeable with Mansfield Town.
"Keith Curle has gone ahead and spoken to the player without our permission and we have to look at reporting them for making an illegal approach.
"I saw Dave in a Chester kit talking about what they are going to do this season which disappointed me.
"A deal has not been conducted and we have given Chester ample chance to sort this out.
"We retain his registration as a player and now it's down to the league to act."
Stags angry with Chester
by Paul Higham - created on 30 Jun 2005
Mansfield are set to report Chester to The Football League for an alleged illegal approach for Dave Artell.
The Stags believe that Chester had illegally contacted defender Artell, and are furious at Keith Curle's side.
Field Mill chairman Keith Haslam says that he will be speaking to the League over the way Chester had tried to sign the 24-year-old.
"I'll be speaking to the League because Chester illegally approached our player and then signed him without our acceptance of their offer," said Haslam.
"I spoke to their chairman last week and informed him of what we were looking for and their response was to put in a written offer by fax - but before I'd even received it I saw Sky TV saying Dave had signed a two-year contract, which was news to me.
"Then I saw Dave pictured in a local newspaper in a Chester kit which disappointed me greatly.
"A deal has not been conducted and we've given Chester their chance to sort this out. But they haven't done that, so we retain Dave's registration as a player and now it's down to the League to act."
Chester director David Burford has moved to calm the situation by saying it is all as a result of a misunderstanding, and hoped to resolve the problem without The Football League's involvement.
"We have not signed David Artell but a fee has been agreed," said Burford.
""It appears that somewhere along the line someone has put two and two together and come to the wrong conclusion.
"I will be speaking to Keith later to resolve the matter."
Stags go to war with Chester over Artell 'transfer'
CHAD website, 30 June 2005
THE war between Mansfield Town and Chester City intensified today when Stags chairman Keith Haslam announced he was reporting Chester to the Football League over the Dave Artell transfer.
From the Chester end it was reported Stags had accepted an undisclosed fee and Artell had signed a two-year deal.
Artell was even pictured in a Chester shirt and spoke of his aspirations for the new season, playing for his former Stags boss Keith Curle at Chester.
However, this was all news to Stags chairman Keith Haslam who had never accepted Chester's bid - which was short of what they were told was Mansfield's valuation of the central defender - and Artell remains a Mansfield Town player.
"I will be speaking to the League today as they have illegally approached our player and then signed him without our acceptance of their offer," said Haslam.
"I spoke to their chairman last wek and informed him what we were looking for.
"Their response was to put in an offer in writing by fax. Before I had even received that it was on Sky Television that Dave had signed a two-year contract which was news to me as their offer was not up to expectations.
"Then I saw Dave in a Chester kit talking about what they are going to do this season which disappointed me.
"A deal has not been conducted and we have given Chester their chance to sort this out but they haven't done so.
"We retain his registration as a player and now it's down to the League to act."
Artell is one of four ex-Stags who have joined former boss Keith Curle along with Scott McNiven, Tom Curtis, Luke Dimech while Adam Eaton has also been linked with them if he can get fully fit.
This latest row comes less than a day after Curle announced he has issued a High Court claim for damages against Mansfield Town.
He was initially suspended as Stags boss in December, then sacked following an internal club investigation, but has maintained his innocence and been supported by the League Managers' Association.
Now Curle and his LMA legal team have issued a claim for 'damages for express and implied terms of his contract and a declaration for clearance of his name'.
Curle said: "The declaration basically means I want to be publicly exonerated of any wrongdoing.
"Beyond that there's nothing I can really add because it's in the hands of the LMA's lawyers."
Stags chairman Keith Haslam's response was: "We have had a fax through which was a covering sheet that said particulars will follow.
"I have no more information than that right now. We have passed it on to our lawyers and will look at it further when we get those particulars through."
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