Cox to look at trialists this week
mansfieldtown.net 28th January 2013
Paul Cox will run the rule over a number of trialists this week.
At this morning's press meeting, the manager confirmed that there will be fresh faces amongst his squad in training over the next few days.
The manager is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of a crammed fixture schedule, which will see his team play 16 games in two months.
Cox said: "We're a little bit closer [to making signings] but with some of these deals it's a case of 'how long is a piece of string?' You think you're close and someone comes in at the last minute. We've spoken to a number of clubs, players and representatives but we're not at panic stations.
"This period will only count for permanent transfers, we can still take emergency loans after this and free transfers.
"We have a number of people who we will look at this week in training. Some are flying in and some were released by their respective clubs in this window.
"If you look at the amount of games we have coming up in a short space of time, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that the whole squad will come into play. But, we have to make sure that we bring in the right players with the right mindset who will improve us."
Exodus Geohaghon could be back in contention for a place in the starting line up after suffering recently with a hamstring problem. The giant centre half played 45 minutes in last week's friendly win against Notts County and is set to train this morning. Fellow defender Ryan Tafazolli is expected to resume training today after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, midfielder Jamie Hand has extended his loan stay at Hayes & Yeading by a further month
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"The main thing is to carry on this little run of form [following back-to-back away wins].
"But we need to put together a few wins at home as well. We need an unbeaten run and have to be respectful of who we play. They are a good side in a good position in the league.
"We need the right mindset. We cannot roll over teams - we have to earn the right to get a good result. If we come away with a point or three it will be an excellent night's work."
Mansfield Town checking Hereford weather forecasts ahead of return to action.
chad.co.uk Monday 28 January 2013 15:40
MANSFIELD Town will once again have one eye on the weather forecasts as they prepare to head south for the long haul to Hereford United tomorrow (7.45pm).
The Stags will be hopeful of making it five successive away league wins against an 11th-placed Bulls side that have not won in their last eight games and are without a home win since beating Luton Town at Edgar Street on Tuesday, 6th November.
Reports from Hereford today suggested the pitch was currently in fine fettle. The city escaped the predicted heavy rain at the weekend and the snow was cleared from the pitch before it could thaw and flood.
However, the forecast tomorrow once again is heavy rain and Mansfield boss Paul Cox said: “We are waiting to see what condition the pitch will be in, but fingers crossed it will go ahead.
“We were set to train on Saturday morning but we had to cancel it due to the adverse weather. Everywhere was shut up and covered in snow.”
Stags had games last Tuesday and Saturday called off while Hereford have not played since 12th January when they drew 3-3 at home with Alfreton Town.
Central defender Exodus Geohaghon looked to have shaken off his hamstring strain when he came through 45 minutes of action in a midweek friendly last week and, if he comes through training today, he should be back in the travelling squad tomorrow.
Fellow centre half Ryan Tafazolli was due back in full training this week after injury while Ross Dyer, who has been ruled out for the season after sustaining a serious knee injury in the opening game, could be back running by next week, though would still not be ready to return until well into April.
The January window for permanent transfer deals closes at midnight on Thursday with Cox still hopeful of bringing in a new face or two.
However, he said: “Although I think we are very close, saying how close is like saying how long is a piece of string?
“Just when you think you are close to a deal, someone else comes in at the last minute. But there is no panic here.
“There is no point in jumping two-footed into the first signing coming round the corner. They need to be the right player with the right mindset. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know all of our squad is going to be called into play with so many matches ahead.
“We will have a number of players training with us this week for us to have a good look at them, some of whom are flying in.
“Once the window closes, we can still bring in players on emergency loan or who have been let go on frees.”
Preview: Bulls vs Stags
Mon 28 Jan 2013 Author: Mark Farmer
Hereford United return to match action with a home tie against eighth placed Mansfield Town.
Despite the annoyances of having three matches on the trot postponed, The Bulls will at least be grateful for the extra recovery time gained by their injured players.
Striker Marlon Jackson and Midfielders Chris Carruthers and Sam Clucas have all returned to full time training during the enforced rest period, as has right-back Andy Gallinagh.
Bulls Boss Martin Foyle told the official website, "The enforced lay-off has allowed a few players to recover from their respective injuries, match fitness is another thing of course, but it's a little bit like gaining four players overnight!
"Michael Townsend is our only player that is ruled out for tomorrow, Simon Clist had an injection yesterday and we'll have to wait and see how that works out."
Foyle has also brought 20-year-old midfielderKingsley James into the sqaud on loan from Port Vale today. James has made 7 appearances for Port Vale this season and will be available to go straight into the Bulls' match-day squad for tomorrow's home game against Mansfield Town.
United and Mansfield have already met once this season, playing out a 1-1 draw at Field Mill back in September. Marlon Jackson put United in front on 22 minutes, before Exodus Geohaghon levelled on for the home team on the stroke of half time.
Mansfield Town are currently sitting in 8th place in the division, they have won 3 and lost two of their last five matches. With the most recent match ending up as a 2-1 away victory at Southport
Hereford United losing £30,000 per month, says David Keyte
Hereford United chairman David Keyte has warned that the club is still losing around £30,000 per month.
The Bulls were facing the prospect of administration earlier this season, but a run to the FA Cup second round helped them resolve unpaid VAT and PAYE bills.
However, Keyte revealed that this only balanced the books until Christmas and that the club are still in a desperate financial position.
"The task is back to square one," Keyte told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
"It's been made more difficult because we thought we had four home matches in January and we have lost two to the weather, so it's the same struggle.
"It's been a struggle for the supporters so we have had one [crowd] at 1,400 and one at 1,500, so we are certainly still losing £30,000 per month."
Keyte acknowledged a combination of the cup run and the poor weather means they will be in for a busy end to their campaign, with 21 games in around three months.
But he says the conditions later in the season could be more to the liking of manager Martin Foyle's young squad.
"Maybe to have a dozen fixtures in March and April might just suit us as we're not the sort of side to slog through the mud," he said.
"We want to get Marley Watkins flying down the wing and things like that - we started the season well in August and we have top-of-the-ground players so maybe that might come back."
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