HOWELL LEAVES, STAGS ADMIT DAY INTEREST
Update on Rhys Day, 13May2009: Andy Perry told supporters on the Stagsnet messageboard that the club have spoken to Rhys Day but he wants league football.
Stags admit Day interest
Evening Post, May 13, 2009
DAVID Holdsworth today admitted he has approached Rhys Day about a return to Mansfield Town.
The central defender, 26, was a popular figure in a three-and-a-half stint at Field Mill before he was released by manager Peter Shirtliff in the summer of 2006.
Welshman Day made 103 league appearances for the Stags after joining from Manchester City, scoring 12 goals and helping the club to the 2004 play-off final at Cardiff.
After leaving north Notts, he signed for Aldershot and in his second season helped them back into the Football League by winning the Football Conference.
But Day struggled to get into the Shots side in 2008-2009 and has been released, leaving him free to talk to other clubs.
Mansfield boss Holdsworth has already brought in one central defender in the shape of Luke Jones from Kidderminster.
Even so, he is keen to strengthen further in that key area after telling former skipper Adie Moses on Monday he can leave.
"Rhys is one of the players that I'm aware of and he's a very talented individual," said Holdsworth.
"I have spoken to him and now we will have to wait to see, but he is just one of a number of players I'm looking at.
"I have spoken to three other defenders as well and I'm looking at all the possible variations.
"I have already got Luke in at centre back, so we are not under pressure to find someone."
Forward Anthony Howell has left Field Mill by mutual consent.
He signed an 18-month deal after following Holdsworth from Ilkeston in January but spent the latter stages of the campaign on loan at Alfreton Town.
Holdsworth said: "Anthony is a great lad and I thank him for his efforts."
The Stags have enquired about playing home friendlies with Wolves, West Brom and a Leeds United XI.
They are also looking into playing Newport County, Alfreton, Gainsborough, Corby, Spalding, Glapwell and Frickley in away fixtures.
Howell leaves Stags
Evening Post, May 12, 2009
FORWARD Anthony Howell has today left Mansfield by mutual consent.
The 23-year-old followed David Holdsworth to the Stags from Ilkeston Town in January this year along with fellow midfielder Curtis Shaw.
He signed an 18-month contract, but after struggling to break through into the first team at Field Mill, he linked up with Conference North outfit Alfreton Town.
Howell made 15 appearances at the Impact Arena, helping Nick Law's side into the play-offs.
He made just two appearances for the senior Mansfield side, coming off the bench in matches at home to Rushden and Diamonds and away at Eastbourne Borough.
Manager David Holdsworth said: "Anthony is a great lad and I thank him for his efforts while with us. We will do everything we can to try and find him a new club."
Howell leaves the Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 12 May 2009
By Staff Reporter
STRIKER Anthony Howell left Mansfield Town on Tuesday afternoon by 'mutual consent'.
The 23-year-old joined the Stags from Ilkeston Town in January, at the same time as fellow midfielder Curtis Shaw, and has been on loan at Conference North side Alfreton Town since March.
Howells made two appearances for the Stags at home to Rushden & Diamonds and away at Eastbourne Borough.
Manager David Holdsworth told the club's official website http://www.mansfieldtown.net: "Anthony is a great lad and I thank him for his efforts whilst with us. We will do everything we can to try and find him a new club."
Young Stags to be loaned out
Evening Post, May 12, 2009
MANSFIELD youngsters are to be loaned out at the start of next season to gain first-team experience.
Tom Naylor – who made his Mansfield debut in 2-0 victory over Altrincham in April – is set to go on loan to Sheffield FC.
Left-back Ben Turner is poised to join Corby and Conor Higginson has been lined up to play for Glapwell.
Luke Herriott and Grant Ryan will also be sent out to play for Conference North or UniBond League clubs.
Manager David Holdsworth has also enquired about playing home friendlies with Wolves, West Brom and a Leeds United XI.
He is also looking into playing brother Dean's Newport County, Alfreton, Gainsborough, Corby, Spalding, Glapwell and Frickley in away fixtures.
Stags boss will not be held to ransom
Evening Post, 15May09
DAVID Holdsworth insists he will not be held to ransom by anyone interested in signing for Mansfield Town this summer.
He is well aware his budget will not allow him to compete with the likes of Luton Town and Oxford United.
But he says he will use the money that is available wisely and not pay over the odds to land his targets.
"It is very exciting times because you do play a bit of cat and mouse," said Holdsworth.
"But the fact is you can't kid a kidder. Lots of players throw stuff at you and there are a few egos.
"I find it amusing some of the quotes I am getting and a lot of it is pure fabrication.
"But these players have to remember I have been there, seen it and done it and I will only pay what is right.
"It is going to be very tough to compete with Luton, but I'm very ambitious and so is Mr Perry (chairman) and the rest of the board.
"I'm not jealous of anyone else. We are where we are. But I can't afford to bring in someone on £1,200, of course I can't.
"You have to have a structure to your budget and do it right."
Holdsworth admits he is loving the day-to-day business of being a manager at this level.
The manager is hoping to earn a reputation as someone who can make the most of limited resources.
And he hopes fans will trust in his acquisitions, even though they may not all be familiar names.
Holdsworth said: "I like to do my homework on players. They many not be who people know, but who want to progress.
"As a manager if you do that and it works then you get recognition for it. "
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