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24 March 2009
O'Hare added to transfer list

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O'Hare placed on Stags transfer list
CHAD.co.uk, 24 March 2009, By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town manager David Holdsworth has continued reshaping his squad for next season by placing defender Alan O'Hare on the transfer list.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
On Monday youngsters Jamie McGhee, Warren Burrell and Chris Wood were all told they could leave the club, while Jason White, Nathan Arnold and Alex Jeannin remain on the transfer list.

O'Hare, signed in the summer after being released by Chesterfield, made 26 appearances and scored one goal, but has hardly figured in the first team since Holdsworth took over just after Christmas.

Holdsworth told the club's official websitemansfieldtown.net: "Alan and I have spoken regarding his current situation and at this moment it is in the best interests of both parties to make him available for transfer.

"He has trained extremely hard and has worked very professionally with me. I will do my very best to help him gain a secure future in football.

"Alan is an excellent professional who sets high standards."


Young Stags trio made available
CHAD.co.uk, 23 March 2009, By John Lomas
THREE young fringe Stags players - Jamie McGhee, Warren Burrell and Chris Wood - have been told they can leave Field Mill as manager David Holdsworth continues to work through the 20 names whose contracts will soon be up.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
"These are three young boys who I believe need to go and play football and I will try to help them as much as possible to get fixed up," said Holdsworth.

"It is a very difficult part of the job to have a young man in front of you who perhaps believes he should be given an opportunity.

"I am having to make these decisions very quickly and sometimes it could be perceived as unfair. But it's nothing personal - I love them all.

"I would like to wish them all the best. If no one comes in for them by the deadline this Thursday then I will continue to get them as fit as I can to give them the best chance possible.

"If they keep their professional mind and attitude then I will give them all glowing references. They could be valuable to a team - but they have to prove that."

He added: "Chris has been here a number of years but hasn't benefited from the lack of direction this club has suffered for many years, without wishing to be rude.

"He is a strong defender. But he did turn down an opportunity to play for a club last month which surprised me.

"It's not about what level you play at. It's about getting yourself into a picture as you never know who's watching.

"Tamworth watched our reserve game with Nottingham Forest last Wednesday and saw Michael Blackwood play very well. Next day the opportunity came for Michael.

"Chris was led to believe Ilkeston Town may come back in for him. But nothing has materialised and you can't force teams.

"Jamie was also offered a chance by a club today but declined it as he felt the location wasn't right.

"But he understands my thoughts. We only have four or five reserve games left and I need to look at young players we may retain.

"I would like to say well done to Anthony Howell who scored for Alfreton Town against Vauxhall Motors and also to Michael Blackwood for an excellent winning debut for Tamworth."

The young trio, along with Ryan Goward, Lewis Trimmer, Adie Moses, Mark Stallard, Nathan Arnold and Jason White are all out of contract at the end of June.

And Michael Blackwood, Rob Duffy, Alex Jeannin, Luke Herriott, Neil MacKenzie, Aaron O'Connor, Alan O'Hare, Gary Silk, Curtis Woodhouse, Gianluca Havern and Matt Somner are all up a month earlier at the end of May.

Holdsworth said: "I love them all to bits, but they are the only ones who can win themselves a contract.

"They are on the dancefloor and they have to dance the best they can. Their future is uncertain in this global climate and I have lists of players available to me - and there are some very good names on there."

Frenchman Jeannin was back in training this week and could play some part of Wednesday night's away reserve clash at Macclesfield Town (7pm).

Impressive Sheffield United trialist full back Elijah Reid will get another chance to win a contract in a strong line-up.

Jason White and Luke Herriott will share goalkeeping duties.

And Daryl Clare and Aaron O'Connor will again combine up front.

Unless anyone comes in for his current players, Holdsworth feels it is unlikley he will dip back into the transfer market before Thursday night's deadline.

But he said: "I did ask about a League player today - someone I knew - but I was quoted Harrods prices. I already have a huge squad and a stretched budget so it is unlikely anything will happen."

After last summer's farcical situation of a last minute managerial appointment and virtually no players signed three weeks from the kick-off, new boss Holdsworth has reassured fans he will have a structure in place by the end of May and 80 per cent of his squad in by pre-season when he hoping to bring some big name clubs to Field Mill for friendlies.


Mansfield trio to be released
Evening Post, March 23, 2009

CHRIS Wood, Warren Burrell and Jamie McGhee have today been told they will be released by Mansfield at the end of the season.

Full story at Evening Post website here
Wood, 22, made his debut in 2004-2005 but has struggled to hold down a regular first team place and has been out on loan at Ilkeston Town this season.
Burrell, 18, has figured just once off the bench for the senior team while McGhee, 19, has made just two substitute appearances.
They are unlikely to be the only players departing Field Mill before the end of the season as manager David Holdsworth looks to trim his squad.
"They are three boys that certainly need to go and play football and I will certainly try to help them get new contracts at other clubs," he said.
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"Sometimes it can be perceived as unfair, but time stands still for no-one.
"But if they keep a professional attitude and manner then I will make sure I give them a glowing reference.
"I think the three players have not benefited from a lack of direction that this club has had over many years – and I don't mean to be rude or disrespectful when I say that."
Holdsworth added that he was pleased with the performances of Anthony Howell and Michael Blackwood, out on loan at Alfreton and Tamworth respectively.
Howell scored against Vauxhall Motors while Blackwood impressed on his debut for the Lambs.


Stags boss Holdsworth: Show me you can win ugly
Evening Post, March 24, 2009

MANSFIELD Town must prove they can win ugly before the end of the season, boss David Holdsworth insisted today.

Full story at Evening Post website here
After last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Grays, the Stags welcome promotion-chasing Torquay United to Field Mill this Saturday. Holdsworth wants to see an improvement in professionalism as well as performance against the Gulls.
"I didn't think all our players were at the races at Grays but we just have to see the game out in that situation," said Holdsworth.
"I remember playing against Wimbledon and it was horrible. When you went 1-0 down you couldn't get the ball off them because they were always kicking it in row Z.
"We have to have a few horrible people in the team – we are a bit too nice at times. We did miss Matt Somner.
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With one eye already on next season, Holdsworth believes a squad of 23 will be ideal.
He says the majority will be in place by the time the players report back after the summer.
With 11 players out of contract in May and nine deals up in June, the manager faces a busy period.
"We will have a structure in place so that come the end of May we will know who is staying and who we are letting go. I want 80% of the squad here by the time we start our pre-season – it's just not viable any other way."
Daryl Clare, who scored his first goal for Mansfield on debut off the bench at Grays, could start against Torquay. He will continue his rehabilitation in tomorrow's reserve game at Macclesfield (7pm).
"Daryl is in with a chance and is putting pressure on Duffy and Stallard," he said.
The Stags will release Chris Wood, 22, Warren Burrell, 18, and Jamie McGhee, 19, at the end of the season.


Stags set to name strong reserves side
Evening Post, March 23, 2009

MANSFIELD reserves will send out another strong side at Macclesfield on Wednesday as they look to build on last week's 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Full story at Evening Post website here
The match at Moss Rose, which kicks off at 7pm, is set to again feature right-back trialist Elijah Reid.
And Daryl Clare, who scored his first goal for the senior team after coming off the bench at Grays on Saturday, is set to start as he continues to build his fitness.
Transfer-listed Alex Jeannin also has a chance of being involved as he recovers from a sore foot.
Mansfield squad: White, Reid, Havern, Naylor, O'Hare, Gardner, MacKenzie, Shaw, Higginson, O'Connor, Clare, Langford, Gascoigne, Burrell, Herriott, Jeannin.



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