NAYLOR ON TRIAL AT BURNLEY
VIDEO: Naylor joins Burnley on trial
Mon 03 Oct 2011
Tom Naylor will spend this week on trial at Championship outfit Burnley, manager Paul Cox revealed today.
The manager also announced that talks had broken down with Derby County last week.
Speaking at this morning's press meeting, Cox said: "This will probably be Tom's final opportunity [on a trial]. We want Tom here if no club is to meet our valuation. He did excellent at Wrexham and was unlucky to be sent off.
"We don't want to be messed around. If somebody wants Tom then we will pat him on ther back and wish him well, but if not, we will want him in our first team as quickly as possible."
Despite being on trial at Turf Moor, the 20-year-old defender could still be in contention for a place in the squad for this Saturday's match at home to Grimsby Town
"Tom is at Burnley this week. This is probably going to be his final opportunity, as I'm sick of him going here, there and everywhere, " said Cox.
"We want him here if no-one is going to meet our valuation.
"It will be nice to have him back in the fold and playing for Mansfield Town, without any of the outside stuff going on.
"Burnley know our valuation and they have said they are prepared to meet it.
"We have not agreed a set fee with them but they know what we want and how we want it.
"We had a bid from Derby initially, which was the right kind of figures but the payment was done the wrong way, if that makes sense."
"We have to be realistic but we don't want to be messed around. If somebody wants Tom, that's brilliant. We will pat him on the back and wish him a fantastic career.
"If not, we want him back in our first team as soon as possible."
Cox wants home excellence from his Stags
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, October 04, 2011
PAUL Cox is determined to improve Mansfield Town's home record.
The Stags have only lost one game at Field Mill this season – their last outing there against Kidderminster.
But at the same time they have only picked up two victories from six matches on home territory, beating Kettering and Newport.
With three home league games out of the next four to follow, as Grimsby, Southport and Alfreton visit, boss Cox sees it as the ideal chance to pep up the win ratio.
"We have to start putting some points on the board with the home games," he said.
"I'm a little bit disappointed with the home record so far. Anyone challenging up there needs a strong home record.
"You watch us away and we have done well, but I think we can get better at home.
"It's just a case of going out and enjoying it because the crowd have been tremendous."
After negotiations broke down with Derby, defender Tom Naylor has this week been allowed to join Burnley on trial.
Cox added: "This is probably going to be his final opportunity – I'm sick of him going here, there and everywhere.
"If no-one is going to match our valuation then he is a Mansfield player.
"With Derby, we had the right kind of figures, but the payment would not have been in the way we wanted. It would have probably taken until about 2050 to get the money."
Stags boss Cox wary of former charge Hearn
Nottingham Post, Thursday, October 06, 2011
CONTAINING striker Liam Hearn could be key to Mansfield Town's chances of ending their drought against Grimsby on Saturday, manager Paul Cox believes.
Hearn played under Cox at Eastwood early in his career before firing Alfreton Town to promotion from the Blue Square Bet North in the spring and earning a move to Blundell Park in the process.
The powerful striker scored four goals against his former employers at the weekend as the Mariners crushed the Reds 5-2.
Cox is expecting Hearn to be just as much of a threat at Field Mill where another player he enquired about in the summer, Anthony Elding, could also feature.
Mansfield may also come face to face with former Stags Craig Disley, Rob Duffy and Gary Silk as they bid to end a run of five consecutive defeats against Grimsby dating back to their Football League days.
"I brought Liam to Eastwood from Hucknall. He's a Bulwell lad, and he was in and around the first team before I let him go," said Cox.
"But even though he couldn't get in at that time you could always see he was going to be a good player.
"I think he went to Quorn and somewhere else after that and that's when Nicky (Law) picked him up and took him to Alfreton.
"I was interested in Liam in the summer, but Grimsby paid good money for him.
"He's an excellent player, always playing on the shoulder, is one of the better ones in this division in his position and he is going to be up there in the scoring charts."
Mansfield are set to return to 4-4-2, but Cox is mulling over who to play at the back with ex-Mariner Ben Futcher and Tom Naylor returning from suspension.
He said: "I thought the back four did well at Forest Green and it is a tough decision.
"Futch brings a lot and Nails was excellent at Wrexham. We will have a look in training. It gives me a massive headache, but it's quite a nice one."
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