STAGS HUNT GOES ON
Caretaker Boss Peter Shirtliff says it has been an absolute pleasure taking training this week after the 4-0 destruction of Shrewsbury Town but says that in this tight league we have to be on our guard when we travel to Carlisle at the weekend:
"It has been a pleasure training this week after the win on Friday but to fair I have enjoyed it right form the start. I think that it was a good thing to have the game on Friday as well as we have a full week's training and in the next two weeks we have four games coming up. So it is nice to have a free week to prepare.
"There is always a feel good factor after a win and hopefully we can make that a habit." He told the official website.
To achieve this habit Shirtliff has identified certain areas where he feels the squad could be strengthened even further and has gone on the search for fresh blood to join Mansfield Town FC. But after the disappointment of his last three targets turning the move down he has had to go back to the drawing board and has already made enquiries about four players who he refuses to name until something is set in concrete.
"I was disappointed that after finding three good players that I felt fit the bill perfectly, they turned me down flat. I knew that getting players through the doors whilst we are at the bottom of the league would be difficult. They are all at good clubs and they and their agents felt that they could get better than Mansfield.
"I am trying other avenues and will keep trying. I am generally looking to improve the squad as a whole and have seen four players that I am interested in."
Meanwhile whilst Chairman Keith Haslam is making up his mind as to whom will get the manager's job at Field Mill Shirtliff is keeping his head down and getting on with the job at hand:
"The Chairman has made no indications yet as to he will be appointing but I am interested in the job, I have enjoyed it so far and I think that the players are responding well so we will just have to wait and see what happens" said Shirtliff.
STAGS HUNT GOES ON
Evening Post, 12 October 2005
Mansfield caretaker-manager Peter Shirtliff will not give up the search for new faces, despite failing to boost his squad this week.
Shirtliff has been turned down by players after moves were agreed with other clubs.
He will look to the non-league scene but will only be able to bring in players on loan before the transfer window opens again in January.
Stags are bottom of League Two despite Friday's morale-boosting 4-0 win over Leyton Orient, and Shirtliff said their league position did not help.
He said: "I have been knocked back by players who do not want to come and I anticipated it might have been a problem.
"It is not fair on the clubs involved to say who the players were.
"It means I will be out watching games this week.
"I am monitoring the non-league game and taking an interest in Conference games.
"The only problem with that is they rarely want to loan players but you have to ask the question.
"This is where the transfer window is a problem to us."
Rumours that former Leeds striker Clyde Wijnhard was on his way to Field Mill were denied.
Wijnhardwas let go by Darlington last week.
A new striker has been a priority for Stags since Matt Tipton failed to settle and went to Bury.
But Shirtliff said: "Any move for Clyde Wijnhard is news to me. Carlton (Palmer) inquired about him but he didn't want to come so there is nothing to suggest he would now.
"We have been two strikers short from the start of the season and I think we have done fantastically well to score the goals we have.
"But it is not easy when players have agents telling them they can do better elsewhere."
Stags forward Adam Birchall was on target for Wales Under-21's last night as they beat Azerbaijan 3-0.
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