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PLAYER LATEST: RETAINED LIST
26th May 2008 22:42


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16 May 2008
Full retained list announced on mansfieldtown.net:

Full story here

PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT & NOT OFFERED NEW TERMS:

Lee Bell, Simon Brown, Jonathan D'Laryea, Matthew Hamshaw, Ian Holmes, Dan Martin and Carl Muggleton

PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT & OFFERED NEW TERMS:

Mickey Boulding, Rory Boulding, Jake Buxton, Stephen Dawson, Gareth Jelleyman, Johnny Mullins, Lewis Trimmer and Chris Wood.

In addition to this, three youth team players will be offered professional contracts ahead of next season. They are: Warren Burrell, Ryan Goward and Jamie McGhee.

PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT:

Nathan Arnold, Alex-John Baptiste, Ashley Kitchen and Jason White.

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NEW: Mon 19 May 2008
Sleath released
Full story at http://www.mansfieldtown.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10325~1315348,00.html

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Manager delay 'is harmful' for Stags
Evening Post website, 19 May 2008
Carl Muggleton believes Mansfield must appoint a new manager quickly to make a swift return to the Football League.
"I don't even know if it was Dutch (Holland) who put the retained list together or if he was involved in it. It's a difficult one with no one being in charge."

Full story here

The goalkeeper was among seven released from playing contracts on Friday.

But he is still hoping to have a part to play at Field Mill off the field as assistant to Paul Holland.

The club have yet to announce who will take charge during 2008-2009.

Goalkeeper Muggleton insists the situation needs resolving quickly if the Stags are to land the players they need to make them competitive in the Blue Square Premier.

"Whoever comes in needs to come in as soon as possible because the club is running out of time every day that goes by," he said.

"A lot of clubs did their retained lists the first week in May and so Mansfield are three weeks behind everyone else. I believe it was legally the last day they could let out-of-contract players know what they intended to do.

"Agents are sorting players out earlier than ever this year and there is a danger Mansfield will miss out.

"That is why a manager needs to come in as soon as possible to get started with the process of shaping a new squad.

"I know the club have been hoping for a takeover before doing the retained list, but they have been hoping for months now and it hasn't happened.

"I don't even know if it was Dutch (Holland) who put the retained list together or if he was involved in it. It's a difficult one with no one being in charge."

Muggleton is disappointed not to earn a new deal that would have extended his professional career beyond his 40th birthday in September.

He believes his performances have been good enough to warrant another 12 months with the Stags.

"I am a little bit gutted because I think I have done all right in this last season and you feel if you can still play then you deserve a contract," he said.

"It may be that they want to go with a younger keeper and Whitey (Jason White) is there but I could still do a job as back-up. The position now is that I am open and listening to offers."

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Seven players to leave Mansfield
BBC.co.uk, 16 May 2008

Mansfield Town have offered new contracts to 11 players, but are allowing seven first-team members to leave Field Mill.

The surprise departures include midfielders Jon D'Laryea and Matt Hamshaw, while Lee Bell, Dan Martin and Simon Brown are also leaving.

Leading scorer Micky Boulding and player-of-the-year Jonny Mullins are amongst those offered new deals.

The Stags were relegated to the Blue Square Premier Division in April.

The full list of players released is: Lee Bell, Simon Brown, Jonathan D'Laryea, Matthew Hamshaw, Ian Holmes, Dan Martin and Carl Muggleton.

Those out of contract and offered new terms are: Micky Boulding, Rory Boulding, Jake Buxton, Stephen Dawson, Gareth Jelleyman, Johnny Mullins, Lewis Trimmer and Chris Wood.

Matt Hamshaw audio interview with BBC Radio Nottingham:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/mansfield_town/7405428.stm

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Hamshaw heads list of seven heading for Stags exit door
. . . . but still no word on Mansfield Town takeover
CHAD.co.uk, 16 May 2008, By Ashley Booker
MANSFIELD Town have released seven first team players as the club begins to look to the future following relegation.
The players not offered new deals by boss Paul Holland are Lee Bell, Simon Brown, Jonathan D'Laryea, Matthew Hamshaw, Ian Holmes, Dan Martin and Carl Muggleton.

Full story here

Muggleton had been an assistant to Holland following the departure of Billy Dearden.

Midfielders Bell and D'Laryea - long-term injury victims at various parts of the ill-fated season - had also expressed a desire to stay at Field Mill following relegation.

Star striker Mickey Boulding heads a list of out-of-contract players offered new terms by the club.

New deals are also on the table for Boulding's brother Rory, Jake Buxton, Stephen Dawson, Gareth Jelleyman, Johnny Mullins, Lewis Trimmer and Chris Wood.

Captain Buxton had hinted before the last match of the season that his future may lie elsewhere.

If Buxton, Dawson and player of the year Mullins do not accept the new deals - and there are rumours that these players have already been targetted by League clubs - the Stags would receive compensation as the players are under 24.

Three youth team players - Warren Burrell, Ryan Goward and Jamie McGhee - will be offered professional contracts ahead of next season.

Nathan Arnold, Alex John-Baptiste, Ashley Kitchen and Jason White are still under contract at Field Mill - although John-Baptiste has had a transfer request accepted by the club.

His exit from the club hit the headlines in midweek when a leaked e-mail from his agent revealed that the player was available 'on the cheap' for £75,000 ahead of a proposed sale of Mansfield Town.

He is rumoured to be interesting League One outfit Millwall, while Mickey Boulding has been linked with moves to League Two sides Lincoln and Bradford.

Hamshaw has already expressed a hope of joining the Imps next season.

Manager Holland is expected to reveal more about the situation on Monday morning.

Two weeks ago he warned that he expected upto 75% of the players to be allowed to leave the club.

But Holland is also still waiting to find out if he will be the manager next season, despite repeated calls for a decision to be made on his future.

On Friday the club said there would be no statement about the current takeover situation at Field Mill.

A week earlier chief executive Stephen Booth said he had been involved in buyout talks that morning when: "During the course of this meeting a proposal for the buyout of the club was put forward and was well received.

"Mr Haslam is now consulting his various professional advisors with regard to the detail and I am anticipating a formal response within the next 72 hours."

And on Monday Mansfield mayor and Stags chairman Tony Egginton said that an announcement on the takeover saga was expected that day.

At the same time manager Holland told Chad: "I have been told that it is likely something may happen this week regarding the takeover."

But even though owner Keith Haslam was seen in takeover talks in Sheffield with John Batchelor on Tuesday - and Stephen Booth has held discussions with other interested parties - the club has remained tight-lipped on the drawn-out takeover all week.

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Mansfield release seven in clear-out
Evening Post website, 16 May 2008
MATT Hamshaw heads a list of seven senior players who have not been offered new contracts at Mansfield next season.

Full story here

Lee Bell, Simon Brown, Jonathan D'Laryea, Dan Martin Carl Muggleton and Ian Holmes, have also be shown the door, the club confirmed today.

However, top scorer Michael Boulding, club captain Jake Buxton and player of the year Johnny Mullins have been offered new terms by the Stags.

And Stephen Dawson, Gareth Jelleyman, Rory Boulding, Chris Wood and Lewis Trimmer have all been given fresh terms at Field Mill, should they choose to sign.

Three youngsters – Wayne Burrell, Ryan Goward and Jamie McGhee – have been offered their first professional deals.

Players already under contract are Nathan Arnold, Ashley Kitchen and Jason White, while the club are considering offers for Alex John-Baptiste, who has asked for a transfer.

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