SHIRTLIFF VS INCE... A CLASH OF CLASSMATES
STRIKER REET'S GET UP AND SCORE CHALLENGE
Evening Post, 28 October 2006
Danny Reet is calling on Mansfield's defenders and central midfielders to chip in with goals.
So far only strikers Richard Barker, Reet and Simon Brown and wide midfielders Matt Hamshaw and Michael Boulding have found the target this season.
And 19-year-old Reet - who has seven goals to his name - is hoping that if players in others positions can contribute then it will help lift the Stags fortunes.
"It would help if we can get some goals from other places other than just the attackers, " said Reet.
"The forwards need to keep scoring, but it would be nice if the centre halves started scoring from corners.
"I know Hjelde and Baptiste have come close to scoring so if their luck changes then that would help us.
"We also need our midfield players up there supporting a little bit more."
Mansfield brought a run of four consecutive defeats on the road to an end with a 1-1 draw at Boston a fortnight ago and travel to Paul Ince's Macclesfield today.
But Reet believes the key to the Stags getting a first away win is for the team to spend more time on the front foot.
He said: "We are a team who are good at attacking. We need to take our home form into our away games and be a bit more positive.
"We try to play football where we can, but if we can get the ball to the forward players earlier and support them, then we might have a bit more joy."
SHIRTLIFF VS INCE... A CLASH OF CLASSMATES
by james.robson, Evening Post, 27 October 2006
Paul Ince might be tempted to pop across to the away dugout when he begins his managerial career tomorrow.
The new Macclesfield Town manager (pictured) is already studying a management course with Mansfield boss Peter Shirtliff at Warwick University - and he may just sneak a peek over his classmate's shoulder should things not go to plan at Moss Rose.
Shirtliff could teach Ince a thing or two about football at this level - having been given an identical baptism in management.
He took over a side sitting perilously at the foot of League Two, when succeeding Carlton Palmer last year.
But despite financial constraints, he managed to steer Mansfield to safety and now has ambitions of a play-off spot in his first full season in charge.
It will take a similarly mammoth effort from Ince to turn around the fortunes of winless Macclesfield. But having achieved it himself, Shirtliff refuses to write off tomorrow's opponents.
"I remember us being in that position last season so they are by no means out of it," he said.
"It is a tight league and it will be a difficult game no matter who is managing them. All I'm going to say to my players is to guard against the factor of the opposition being lifted by Paul Ince.
"We will have to be at our best to get a result there.
"We are playing well at the moment and let's not let anything get in the way of that."
Like Shirtliff, Ince is having to start from the bottom up.
And the Mansfield manager believes he will learn more than he ever could have had he been handed plum jobs like Gareth Southgate and Roy Keane at Middlesbrough and Sunderland respectively.
"If you play for England, automatically you're going to be a good manager," he said with more than a touch of irony.
"That's the game. It's not going to change. I think there is a case for coaching maybe in the youth system and progressing through to a reserve coach under experienced people.
"I started at Barnsley playing and coaching and developed into coaching the youth and then reserves before moving to Dave Bassett's assistant manager.
"That was a great experience and I learned a lot from him.
"Here I've learned more in 14 months than I could possibly have learned in four years at other places."
Richard Barker will return to Macclesfield where he spent 18 months between 1999 and 2001.
After ending seven-game goal drought with a double against Wrexham last week, he hopes he has shaken off accusations that he is over the hill.
"It makes me laugh," he said.
"I saw on telly that Marcus Bent went 17 games without a goal and [Andriy] Shevchenko went ten games - well, they didn't pay £30m for me.
"Once you get past 30 people are always going to keep saying you're past it. I don't mind people saying I'm having a bad time, but I'm 31 so to say I'm finished is a bit harsh.
"I hate saying it, but form is temporary and class is permanent. I'm not saying I'm a class player, but I'm not a bad player.
"I've got two and a half years left on my contract so no doubt I will have to put up with a lot more of people saying I'm finished."