CLOUGH: LATEST ON TRANSFER TARGETS
Mansfield Town still on course with prime summer transfer targets
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 1st June 2021
Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough remains on course to secure his targets with talks continuing and no one yet having turned the club down as yet.
Clough also said he was close to agreeing a deal to sign midfielder Stephen Quinn after his successful loan spell from Burton Albion and staying patient with the rest.
“There is a lot of talking going on at the moment and I have met with quite a few players,” he said.
“I think we are very close with Stephen Quinn and I hope to get that done and over the line this week. That is not a surprise but it will be nice to get him sorted and guaranteed for next year.
“We are closing in on a couple of goalkeepers as well - then it's just strikers and one more defender.
“We have met a striker and we've met a defender and I think we are in with a good shout with both of them.”
He added: “We've just got to be a little bit patient as we're hoping in the next 10 days we should have some positive news.
“It's always about patience at this stage - I don't see an awful lot of business being done throughout certainly League Two and beyond that at the moment.
“There is a lot playing a waiting game and of course agents are trying to get the best deals for players and that may involve saying 'hang on a week or two and see if anyone comes up with anything better'.
“But, as we said a couple of weeks ago, nobody has turned us down yet and we are still in the hunt for our top targets, which is very encouraging.”
Clough was happy with his budget and believes players will want to come as Stags are tipped for a promotion push.
“I think negotiations are going well, very positively,” he said.
“We've got a healthy budget, which is great, and I think there is a sense around that we are going to be there or thereabouts we hope next season.
“I think that's one of the reasons Elliott Hewitt signed for us, the same with Quinny, so I hope the others think that way as well.
“All players want to be part of something positive and, hopefully, a promotion-chasing season. That is what we are trying to sell to them.”
Underdogs Morecambe win Wembley final and show Stags the way to go says Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Tuesday 1st June 2021
Mansfield Town manager Nigel Clough said Morecambe's unexpected success in winning Monday's League Two play-off final at Wembley should give Stags heart for next season.
After two years of struggle at the One Call Stadium, Clough said the determination the Shrimps showed after so many years of fighting relegation was a great example of how clubs can turn things around.
A late penalty in extra-time proved the difference for a resolute Morecambe to pip Newport County and reach football's third tier for the first time in their history.
“It was incredible really,” said Clough.
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“Newport were obviously favourites going into the game, but Morecambe performed unbelievably well.
“I think that game summed up their season. They were solid, difficult to break down and got a break when they needed one.
“They seem to have been fighting at the bottom end of the table for the vast majority of the last few years and that shows that teams can turn it around.
“Of course that's what we're looking to do and go from looking over our shoulder to looking up and trying to challenge for promotion.
“It gives us a lot of optimism that it can be done.”
Newport’s defeat was mde even worse by two penalty decisions going against them with no VAR on offer.
Morecambe’s Welsh goalkeeper Kyle Letheren missed his punch and hit Newport's Scot Bennett in the first half but nothing was given.
Morecambe were awarded a late penalty though replays suggested contact was made outside the box. But a spot kick was given and Carlos Mendes Gomes made no mistake.
Seeking to emulate Morecambe, Stags will hopefully be lifted by the return of supporters after the Covid pandemic next season and Clough is delighted with chairman John Radford's decision to offer cut-price season tickets to existing holders for their loyalty and backing during such a difficult time.
“I think it's a brilliant gesture,” he said.
“I think all clubs should be encouraged to do something to give something back to the supporters and the existing season ticket holders.”
Boss provides transfer update
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 1st June 2021
Manager Nigel Clough has provided a brief update on transfers and his thoughts on this year’s season ticket renewal discount.
The boss says there is currently ‘lots of talking going on’ as he looks to assemble his squad for the 2021/22 campaign.
The Stags’ manager is ‘encouraged’ by still being ‘in the hunt’ for his ‘top targets,’ while also emphasising the importance of patience when signing players.
“There’s lots of talking going on at the moment and we’ve met with quite a few players,” he explained. “We’ll hopefully get Stephen Quinn over the line soon.
“We’re closing in on a couple of goalkeepers and then it’s about strikers and one more defender.
“We met a striker and we’ve met the defender, and we had a good chat with both of them. We just have to be a bit patient, we’re hoping that in the next ten days, we’ll have some positive news.
“I don’t see an awful lot of business being done throughout League Two, so it’s a lot about playing a waiting game.
“Agents are trying to get the best deals for their players, and that might involve them saying ‘let’s hang on a week or two.’ But like we said a couple of weeks ago, nobody has turned us down yet.
“We’re still in the hunt for our top targets, which is very encouraging. The negotiations are going positively, and we have a healthy budget, which is great.
“There is a sense around that we’ll hopefully be there or thereabouts next season, and that’s one of the reasons Elliott Hewitt signed for us.
“All players want to be part of something positive. That’s what we’re trying to sell to them.”
The boss also discussed owners John & Carolyn Radford’s ‘wonderful gesture’ to slash season ticket prices by up to 33% for existing holders.
“It [season ticket renewal discount] is a brilliant gesture,” he added. “I think all clubs should be encouraged to do something to give back to the supporters and the existing season ticket holders.
“I think it’s a wonderful gesture from the owners and David [Sharpe, CEO].”