DEARDEN:IT IS MORE OR LESS ODDSON THAT I WILL STAY
Dearden looks set to stay
CHAD website, 22 March 2007
BILLY Dearden gave Mansfield Town a huge lift today when he admitted he was almost certain to stay on as manager next season.
Dearden has done a magnificent job in steering the ship to safety since coming in for his second spell as boss at Christmas at a time when relegation was a real worry.
But the 63-year-old said this morning: "It is more or less odds on that I will stay, provided certain things are sorted for me.
"There is nothing major but I do want them sorted out.
"I have not spoken to anyone at the club yet about next season. I have just been getting on with the job.
"But I will probably seek to speak to someone in the next couple of weeks as the lads want to know what I am doing and what they are doing contract-wise. Also, pre-season needs sorting out.
"Since I came in I have been impressed by the young lads downstairs which is a lift for any manager. With additions I think we can have success."
DEARDEN READY TO STAY ON AT FIELD MILL?
Evening Post, 21 March 2007
Billy Dearden is to be offered a contract to continue as Mansfield manager.
Dearden has revitalised the club's fortunes since beginning a second spell at Field Mill just before the turn of the year. But his short-term deal runs out at the end of the season.
Chairman James Derry wants the 63-year-old to commit for next season.
"Billy will be offered an extension to his existing short-term contract," he said. "We are in discussions with him and we are optimistic they will reach a positive conclusion."
Meanwhile, Andy Perry has pulled out of the running to buy Mansfield. He issued a statement, after it was advertised nationally on Monday that the club was still for sale, saying he was withdrawing from negotiations. He said: "I have for six months been asking Keith Haslam for audited accounts for Mansfield Town in order that I could prepare a formal offer for the club. Despite numerous meetings, including our respective financial advisors, no accounts have been forthcoming. Even in the absence of accounts, I have given Keith Haslam a written offer for the club but he has rejected this offer."
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