CHAD LATEST: TEAM MANSFIELD PLANNING MARCH
CHAD 25 January
TEAM Mansfield plan march
CHAD, 25 January 2006
TEAM Mansfield are planning a public meeting and march before the Macclesfield Town game on Saturday, 4th February as they continue their campaign against Stags chairman Keith Haslam.
But Mr Haslam said most fans were now tiring of the campaign and that Team Mansfield had again failed to make him an offer for the club which he said they had publicly promised to do by this week.
TEAM Mansfield are calling on interested fans to meet at Mansfield Civic Centre at noon on the day for a meeting to be followed by an 'optional peaceful march' to Field Mill.
This is the latest move in their high profile campaign which was launched against Mr Haslam by the Supporters' Trust in November last year after accounts revealed the extent of the chairman's personal loans from the football club.
TEAM Mansfield spokesman Chris Vasper said: "An overwhelming number of Stags fans have expressed their desire to stage a formal protest to convince the current regime at Field Mill that the ongoing protests are not the actions of a vocal minority.
"TM is delighted to offer everyone the opportunity to take part. The theme of the day will be Giving Our Club its Heart Back with the aim of setting out a vision for our club."
The meeting will give supporters the opportunity to ask questions of TM and the SSA and will include an address by David Conn, Sports Writer of the Year and 'Guardian' columnist, about his recent involvement in the campaign.
Individuals attending the meeting will be asked to sign a petition which they hope to hand to Mr Haslam prior to the Macclesfield game.
But chairman Mr Haslam said: "I think the general supporters are beginning to tire with the way TEAM Mansfield are conducting themselves regarding this matter, certainly the ones I speak to and who have written letters to the club re-affirming that they do not know who or what TEAM Mansfield are about.
"Approximately 10 days ago their spokesperson, Chris Vasper, appeared on Mansfield radio publicly stating that there would be an offer on my table within a week.
"Yet I still haven't received an offer of any kind from Team Mansfield, which doesn't surprise me really as this is the way that they have chosen to conduct things from the outset."
As Chad went to press, Stags boss Peter Shirtliff was waiting for a call back from Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce in a renewed bid to bring midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea to the club for the rest of the season.
D'Laryea's three month loan spell is over and he was a spectator at Stags' 1-0 win over Rochdale on Saturday as he nursed a calf strain picked up last week at Shrewsbury.
But if he does not figure in City's first team plans, Shirtliff is determined to bring him back to Field Mill.
There was better news on the injury front this week with Simon Brown and Callum Lloyd both back in full training and into the squad for the Chester game.
But Shirtliff is likely to have to bring in some defensive cover for Rhys Day who has had a hernia operation this week.
He went to see a specialist over a troublesome pain on Monday and it was decided to get the operation out the way. He will now be out for four to six weeks.
This Saturday Stags make the difficult trip north to face a Darlington side who have just gone back into the play-off spots for the first time since September.
They have only lost one of their last seven games and, after early season home losses to Leyton Orient and Oxford, have been a tough proposition on their home soil, winning three and drawing one of the last four at the 96.6 TFM Darlington Arena.
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