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10th June 2005 19:12

Curle: I will end silence
Chester Chronicle

BLUES boss Keith Curle says he is ready to give his side of the story over his controversial dismissal from Mansfield Town.

Curle was sacked by the Stags in December following accusations concerning an alleged training ground incident. The former England international defender has always protested his innocence and, with the help of the League Managers Association, appealed (unsuccessfully) against the decision.

The 41-year-old has kept tight-lipped over the matter but he is now taking the Stags to court for 'wrongful dismissal' and says he will give his version of the events once the matter has been settled in court.

Curle said: 'The final legal papers are being served next week and once I have won my case, I will be quite happy to talk about it.

'I've heard all the stories and rumours about what happened but I know the truth so it hasn't been hard to bite my tongue and bide my time.

'I was offered a large sum of money by a leading newspaper to give my side of the story, but this isn't about money. It's a case of repairing the damage that has been done and clearing my name as a manager.

'I don't want to sling mud at Mansfield Town. It's not personal and I have no axe to grind. It is strictly a legal matter and a professional matter.'

Curle, meanwhile, will be stepping up his pursuit of Doncaster striker Gregg Blundell this weekend.

He has been given permission to speak to the former Northwich Vics man and hopes to be in a position to seal a deal early next week.

The Blues boss is also making offers to Maltese international Luke Dimech and France-born Moroccan left-footer Abdou El Kholti.

Former Shamrock Rovers defender Dimech has been released by Mansfield after making 19 starts for them last season. El Kholti, who can play left-back or in midfield, was expected over from France yesterday to discuss terms. He was released by Cambridge after a calf injury and managerial upheavals disrupted his season.

Curle said: 'He has what I call happy feet. He struggled last season but he has pace, flair and movement.'

Curle also revealed he has agreed deals in principle with two midfielders, who he expects will put pen to paper on Monday.


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