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7th February 2007 20:56

(see also earlier stories from the weekend)

Evening Post, 06 February 2007

Mansfield chairman James Derry today outlined his determination to find the club a suitable training ground.

Derry was unveiled as the successor to Peter Lee before the Stags' 2-1 victory over Walsall just over two weeks ago.

Since then, the Newark businessman has been made aware of a number of issues that need addressing.

But after speaking to manager Billy Dearden, he has identified the lack of a training base as a concern that needs immediate attention.

Mansfield are forced to arrange their training sessions on a week-to-week basis, depending on what facilities are at their disposal.

"I am looking into it to see what I can do,'' " said Derry.

''It has to be one of the main priorities.

"We are talking to local councils about potential sites and we need to do more investigation.

"We don't want anything for nothing - we are prepared to pay - but we need somewhere regular.

"At the moment we are looking for a short-term site. In the long-term there is still the site at Beck Lane and we are keen to develop that.

"But with the time I have had at the club so far I have not had the chance to look into that as yet."

In the past, Mansfield have trained on the pitch outside the ground, adjoining the five-a-side facilities.

But Derry ruled out developing that area because of the space available and the cost.

He said: "The general view is the area next to the ground is not big enough for a permanent training ground.

"The modern day club needs something better than that and it would need an awful lot of money spending on it to get it up to the required standard.

"In the short-term we are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to help us with their facility until we are in a position to have one of our own."

Youngster Danny Sleath has become new Alfreton player-manager Marcus Ebdon's first signing.

The midfielder has previously been out on loan at UniBond Division One side Gresley Rovers.


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