COX AND DARREN FERGUSON REACTION
Cox's striker search continues
mansfieldtown.net 17th July 2013
Manager Paul Cox has revealed that a potential deal to sign a League One striker has fallen through, but insists he has other targets on his radar.
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Our boss met with the un-named striker earlier this week to discuss personal terms, but was unable to agree a deal to bring the player to One Call Stadium.
“Things haven’t worked out during the discussions and I feel as if I’ve been messed around a little bit,” said Cox, who was speaking after our win over Peterborough United.
“We put a fair offer in to the club, which was accepted, and made a fair offer to the player, but the goal posts have been moved.
“I’m not prepared to risk bankrupting this club for the sake of one player, or having someone come in, which leads to disharmony in our dressing room.
“The deal isn’t dead, but I won’t be held to ransom by anybody. We have other targets and we will at some point bring somebody in - it may even be two players.
“Whoever we do bring in, he’ll fit our criteria, he’ll be hard-working and he’ll fit in with the players, who are already in our dressing room.”
Meanwhile, Cox was pleased with our performance in tonight’s win over The Posh.
He added: “It was a half-decent performance. In pre-season, results don't matter too much, but the boys are working hard and we're getting some good work-out against good opposition."
Tomlin offered improved Posh contract
Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson tonight (July 17) revealed that forward Lee Tomlin has been offered an improved, long-term contract by the club.
Posh have acted quickly to head off interest in the 24 year-old who is a prime target for Championship clubs after an outstanding 13-goal campaign at that level last season.
Ferguson, speaking after tonight’s 4-2 friendly defeat at League Two outfit Mansfield, confirmed that Tomlin is ‘considering the offer’ before admitting that Posh still have plenty of work to do to be ready for the start of the League One campaign on August 3.
“I’m not too disappointed,” Ferguson insisted. “It was a good test for us, the sort of test we could well come up against in League One on a regular basis.
“Obviously there are things we can work on and that work will start tomorrow. We were too vulnerable defensively to the aerial ball particularly at set-pieces and especially in the first-half.
“But there were also positives. We all know the strengths and weaknesses of Emile Sinclair, but he was a threat when he came on and he took his goal very well.
“Youngsters Jevani Brown and Jermaine Anderson competed well, but it was shame the service to our younger strikers wasn’t very good so they didn’t have the chance to show what they can do.
“It’s another game under our belts though as we work towards the start of the season. Those players that didn’t play tonight will have 90 minutes when we play at Northampton on Saturday (July 20).
Midfielder Grant McCann, striker Tyrone Barnett, centre-back Michael Bostwick, left-back Kgosi Ntlhe and skipper Tommy Rowe were the players to miss out at Mansfield.
Rowe was protecting a facial injury which should have healed by the weekend. Joe Newell started tonight’s game at left-back, but limped off after half an hour with a dead leg
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