DEARDEN ON TRANSFERS - HOLD-UP
Billy Dearden tells Mansfield that there is no money for permanent deals, only for loanees.
Transfer hold-up for Dearden
CHAD.co.uk, 4 Jan 2008
STAGS' boss Billy Dearden's hopes of bringing in a new player on Friday look to have been held-up.
Dearden said that the player lined-up for Field Mill would not be released by his current club until they have completed an incoming transfer themselves.
That means that the new face at Mansfield Town may not arrive until Monday, providing the other transfer deal does not fall through.
Dearden has said for several weeks that he intended to bring in new faces this month - and was supported by chief executive Stephen Booth earlier this week.
The need for activity in the transfer window was highlighted by injuries to Michael Boulding and John McAliskey on New Year's Day.
Then on Thursday defender Martin McIntosh joined the casualty list, which also includes Alex John-Baptiste.
But there was good news on Friday with reports that Boulding will not be out of action for as long as first thought.
Meanwhile, Dearden will take a squad of 18 players to Brighton for the FA Cup Third Round tie tomorrow - the 16 fit first team players and youngsters Ryan Goward and Lewis Trimmer.
Supporters are reminded that they can still buy tickets for the all-ticket tie upto 5pm at Field Mill toay. So far 363 tickets of the 894 allocation have been sold
Decision day for Dearden tomorrow
CHAD.co.uk, 3 Jan 2008
BILLY Dearden is awaiting full assessments on injured strikers Micky Boulding and John McAliskey tomorrow morning before deciding which way to go on bringing new players into the club this week.
The Stags manager's transfer window plans were shaken yesterday when both strikers limped off with strains in the 1-0 defeat at Milton Keynes.
"Both lads have been in today and are much better than they were yesterday," he said.
"But it is just ice and rest at the moment and we will assess them much more closely tomorrow as the injuries settle down.
"Once I know the situation with them then I will make my decision on which way to go and who to bring in.
"I need players quickly and I have already spoken to one or two clubs.
"I have also sat down and spoken to our chief executive Stephen Booth about one or two things. Everything is looking fine at the moment."
Earlier in the week Mr Booth told Chad: "I have got to sit down with Billy and look at what his targets are and what is affordable."
And on Thursday he added: "I had a very positive meeting with Billy looking at a way forward. There is a need for an injection of new players."
Tomorrow Dearden will take his depleted squad out for his traditional pre-FA Cup walk and bonding day on the Derbyshire moors.
"Snow is forecast so that will wake them up a bit and we will be ready for Brighton," he smiled.
Dearden told Evening Post: "I have been on the phone Wednesday and yesterday and the weekend looks unlikely for new players. But I'm looking to get at least one of the two in before the league game on Tuesday, which would give everyone a lift.
When Lee Bell has been out we have been a little bit weak in central midfield. We have been looking at the left-hand side as well. When everyone was fit, we were all right with Jells there and Dan Martin behind him. But since then he has had to play in about four different positions and our left side has been weakened because of it."
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