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3rd February 2005 14:14

Evening Post, 03 February 2005

The shopping list of players wanted at Mansfield Town is growing, and caretaker manager Carlton Palmer is spreading his net wide.

He wants to improve the Stags across the pitch and has his heart set on a young right back, young midfielder and possibly a young striker.

But few names are as yet in the frame, leaving him free to keep a close eye on players released from top clubs to swoop.

He said: "I've sent circulars out to all the Premiership, Championship and League One clubs regarding players they are releasing.

"We're just looking at players and trying to bring them in at the right age to improve them as players and to improve Mansfield Town as a team and a club.

"We are looking to sell players on but we want players who have had the right schooling.

"It's difficult, at a big club you don't always get a chance to break through, but that doesn't mean you're a bad player.

"We want players who we think can kick on."

One player Palmer has got in focus is Wolves's 21-year-old midfielder Sammy Clingan. But he is holding fire after Alex Neil, who had been told he could leave Field Mill, turned his game around.

Palmer said: "I haven't spoken to Glenn Hoddle about him.

"But I've got Alex Neil, Tom Curtis, Adam Murray and Fraser McLachlan and there's no rush.

"I will just bide my time a bit on that one. I've been very impressed with Alex Neil.

"His attitude is first class and he looks a good player at the moment. "So, if it's not broke, don't fix it." That is an attitude Palmer is taking about his managerial staff as well. He had originally planned to bring in former team-mate Peter Shirtcliff as assistant manager if he was given the Stags job on a permanent basis.

But he has now ruled out that option and is set to stick with Paul Holland, who he elevated from his post as youth team boss.

He said: "I've decided I won't bring anyone else in if I am offered the job. Paul Holland has been loyal to me since day one, he's been good and he gets on well with the players and I've said if I get the job then the assistant manager's job is his."


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