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Thursday press conference free video from mansfieldtown.net here
Michael Briscoe joins on trial. Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here
Holdsworth looks to send youngsters out on loan. Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here
Ashley Kitchen released. Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here
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22 January 2009
STAGS manager David Holdsworth has urged Stags fans to get behind his side at Lewes this Saturday.
Holdsworth men go in search of a second successive win after last week's victory over Crawley Town, and the new boss believes the supporters have a vital role to play.
Holdsworth to send Stags youngsters on loan
Evening Post story here
DAVID Holdsworth today revealed he is hoping to send a crop of talented Mansfield youngsters out on loan.
The Stags boss had already allowed defender Chris Wood to go to Ilkeston Town.
And now Ryan Goward, Lewis Trimmer, Warren Burrell and Ashley Kitchen look set to follow.
“There are three or four that I am looking to loan out. They are good players but I don't want any gimmes at this club anymore,” said Holdsworth.
“They say possession is nine tenths of the law, but not while I am here. They have to earn their contracts.
“There is an abundance of healthy teams in the area where players can go and that can work for the benefit of both.
“The players have to learn that life does not always smell of roses. They need competitive games.”
Mansfield's reserves were beaten 2-0 by their Shrewsbury Town counterparts yesterday, but Holdsworth was fairly pleased with what he saw.
He says he will take a few more days to make his mind up about trialists Gianluca Havern, Michael Briscoe – a central defender who came in from Halesowen Town – Sean Webb Ashley Burbeary and Levi Reid.
Holdsworth said: “Paul Mayo played 90 minutes and acquitted himself very well after not having played for five of six weeks.
“I'm pleased that Michael Blackwood came through 65 minutes and everybody had a go – it was a worthwhile exercise.
“It is never easy when you are playing with a back four that has never met each other, but we did well against a very strong Shrewsbury side.
“I would say Anthony Howell was probably our best player.
“I think I am going to take one more week to decide on the trialists. I like to give people an opportunity.”
Holdsworth says he is delighted with the way the board have supported him in the transfer market.
And he insists there could be more comings and goings before the end of the transfer deadline.
“I would like to thank Mr Perry and his fellow directors because they have seen the need for change and have backed me on that,” said Holdsworth.
“We are not doing it blindly, but we have to get results.
“I have got another 10 days (of the transfer window) and we are still short in a couple of positions. Some will have to go because they need to be playing and if they have options I won't stand in their way.
“If they want to stay and fight and work hard, then that's happy days. But I want to be honest and tell them where they stand.
“There will be about 5,000 players out of contract in the summer and I wouldn't want to be one of those, so I will help them if I can.”
Alan O'Hare is to have a scan on his injured ankle today and the results are expected within days.
Defender Kitchen leaves Mansfield Town
CHAD, 22 January 2009, By Tim Morriss
DEFENDER Ashley Kitchen has been released by Mansfield Town on Thursday afternoon - a few hours after manager David Holdsworth revealed the player could go out on loan.
Holdsworth revealed late on Thursday that he had agreed to let the 20-year-old go after a 'long discussion' with the player, who has made five first team appearances for the club.
CHAD story here
Kitchen is the third player to permanently leave Field Mill under the Holdsworth revolution, after last week's departures of Jason Lee and Gavin Hurren. Three loan players have also returned to their clubs under the new boss.
Earlier on Thursday the manager had said that Kitchen - together with younger players Ryan Goward, Warren Burrell, Lewis Trimmer - would be allowed to go out on loan to get match experience.
But then later in the day he announced on the club's official website mansfieldtown.net: "There are certain things I can't disclose. However, he asked if we could come to an agreement regarding his contract and we have agreed that he leaves today by mutual consent.
"Since I have been here he has worked very hard and has been professional."
Kitchen has struggled to overcome a knee injury this season, picked up just before the arrival of Billy McEwan as manager in the summer.
At the end end of 2007 he had a spell on loan at Gainsborough, after coming through tbe Stags youth ranks to make his first team debut in April 2007.
Ironically, his last first team appearance came against this Saturday's opponents, Lewes, in the FA Cup.
New trio impress for Stags reserves
CHAD.co.uk, 22 January 2009, By John Lomas
STAGS had three new trialists in the reserve side which lost 2-0 at Shrewsbury on Wednesday.
CHAD story here
Former Oxford defender Levi Reid, ex-Stags trainee Ashley Burbeary and Halesowen centre half Michael Briscoe all turned out and boss David Holdsworth said: "It was a good work out against a a very strong Shrewsbury side.
"I was a little concerned about Michael Briscoe as he had played the night before but he did fine, Ashley Burbeary looks a tidy footballer and it was hard to judge Levi Reid as he only played 15 minutes or so.
"But he got about and did all right and we may have a further look at him."
New signing, full back Paul Mayo, got a much-needed full 90 minutes under his belt after about six weeks without a game.
"We needed some WD40 to get him going but he acquitted himself well and showed us signs of what we can expect from him," said Holdsworth.
Curtis Woodhouse also shook off the rust to put himself in line for a first team debut on Saturday while winger Michael Blackwood played for 65 minutes to also force himself into the reckoning for Lewes.
And one of the two new signings from Ilkeston Town, Anthony Howell, was described by Holdsworth as 'probably our best player on the day'.
Lewes sign second player
10:18am Thursday 22nd January 2009
By Howard Griggs »
Lewes have taken a second player on loan from Havant and Waterlooville.
Former Albion midfielder Shaun Wilkinson will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game with Mansfield Town after signing for a month.
Wilkinson, who made 19 first-team appearances for the Seagulls, can play central midfield, out wide or at full-back.
His signing follows the arrival of former Albion defender Guy Butters, also on a month's loan from Havant.
Rooks bring in Butters
10:35pm Wednesday 21st January 2009
By Mike Legg »
Guy Butters has joined the Lewes fight against relegation from the Blue Square premier.
The 39-year-old former Albion favourite has signed on a month's loan from Havant and Waterlooville and goes straight into the team for Saturday's home match against Mansfield.
Butters must wait to renew his partnership with fellow former Seagull Danny Cullip because he is ruled out by a one-match suspension.
The arrival of the veteran centre-half is a boost for the struggling Rooks who are down to the bare bones in defence for the visit of Mansfield.
On-loan defender Andy Pearson is also suspended following his red card against Havant during the FA Trophy replay exit on Monday night.
Rooks boss Kevin Keehan believes Butters, who has also played for Tottenham, Portsmouth and Gillingham, still has plenty to offer.
He said: “I watched Guy play for Havant while I was preparing for our game against them.
“I thought he did particularly well but he subsequently broke a hand and has had injury problems.
“He has just got back and it suits me to bring him in as we have a few missing.
“He is someone I got on well with when I was at the Albion and always liked the way he plays.
“He is not as young as he once was but he has a good football brain and can give us the aerial power that we are lacking.
“Danny is out on Saturday but ultimately the idea is to play them together. Guy will play on Saturday and I am also hoping to bring in another player.”
Butters is desperate to play and help Lewes' battle for survival.
He said: “I am hoping to get some games under my belt which will be good for me but also for Lewes as well.
“I watched the game against Havant and, obviously, I know Danny (Cullip) and Kevin from Brighton and hope I can help them out.
“Most people want to play football week in, week out and at my age I want to play as many games as possible because you never know when it might be your last one.”
Butters is also looking forward to playing alongside Cullip, who he partnered in the centre of the Albion defence during the run to play-off success in 2004.
He said: “It will be good to have Danny when he comes back in and, hopefully, we will be able to get that understanding going again.
“A lot of the game at our age is talking to the younger players and we can bring a bit of experience and use it to good effect. Hopefully it will rub off on the younger players.
“It's going to be a challenge but hopefully I will stay injury free and if we can get a few results under our belts, then who knows what will happen.”
Sinclair joins Macclesfield
Nottingham Forest striker Emile Sinclair has joined League Two outfit Macclesfield Town on a months loan. The 21-year-old has only recently returned from a loan spell at Mansfield.
Sinclair had scored 4 in 10 starts at Mansfield and they were keen to extend his loan before Billy Davies recalled him from loan. However the new Forest boss is now happy to let him go out on loan again having taken a look at him in training.
Ahmed goes out on loan again
Wednesday 21 Jan 2009
Tranmere midfielder Adnan Ahmed has gone out on loan again. After returning from a loan at Conference outfit Mansfield last month, the Pakistan international has now penned a one month loan at League Two Port Vale following a successful trial.
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