POPE DEAL HIT AGAIN
Pope deal hit again
STAGS' hopes of landing transfer target Tom Pope seem to be further away than
The Crewe striker was on Mansfield manager Billy Dearden's wanted list as he
struggles to bring in new players on loan during the January transfer window.
But last week Crewe assistant manager Neil Baker said: "While Mansfield would
take Tom tomorrow, we can't do that at the moment because of the numbers we
have got up front."
And on Wednesday it was revealed that Crewe's major transger striker target,
Stuart Fleetwood, had turned down a £175,000 move from non league Forest
That decision, coupled with Crewe's problems in bringing in former forward
Steve Jones from Burnley - as well as having a bid for Bury's Andy Bishop
rejected - mean that Pope is unlikely to be released to the Stags.
And the 22-year-old, who had not featured in the first team since October,
also scored on Tuesday night as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea.
New faces would not play in FA Cup tie - Dearden
BILLY Dearden continues to wait on two new players, but said neither would be
involved in Saturday's FA Cup tie against Premiership Middlesbrough.
One is 22-year-old Crewe striker Tom Pope who will join Mansfield once Crewe
have brought in a replacement.
But Alexandra have twice seen deals scuppered in the last week which is
holding things up.
The other is a Championship player who is away with his club on a mid-season
It continues to be a frustrating month for Dearden who saw another target,
Peter Gain, sign for League Two rivals Dagenham and Redbridge last week and
has also been told by Field Mill chief executive Stephen Booth that he cannot
offer 18-month contracts to new signings.
"There is no panic," said Dearden. "If I got someone in this week then I
wouldn't be playing them on Saturday anyway.
"Even if they were not cup tied and their clubs didn't mind them being
cup-tied I want to give the opportunity to the players who have got us this
"A lot of teams not involved in the cup have gone away this week for a break
and one player I want from a Championship club is not back until Friday.
"It's not as if we can't bring in anyone after January. There is a week and
then you can bring in emergency loans again."
Dearden continues to look for potential new signings and, with one game he
was going to watch this afternoon called off, he is going to St Andrews
tonight to see Birmingham City reserves take on Arsenal.
Dearden has also organised a reserve friendly away to Loughborough University
for Wednesday to get some much-needed match practice for some of his players.
But he confirmed neither Martin McIntosh (hamstring) or Alex John-Baptiste
(back strain) would be involved as neither were even back in training with
the first team yet.
Thankfully, there were no new injuries to report this morning after
Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Darlington.
Dearden has given his squad today off, they will train tomorrow and then
again on Wednesday after a large 'meet the media' press conference in the
morning when the FA Cup will also be at Field Mill.
Thursday will see Dearden's traditional pre-FA Cup tie walk over the
Derbyshire Moors, followed by a pub meal.
And Friday will see another training sessions and then the squad kept
together overnight in a hotel as part of the final preparations for
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