MORE SIGNINGS / TRAINING FACILITIES FRUSTRATE
More Stags signings before the weekend?
CHAD.co.uk, 23 July 2008
MANSFIELD Town boss Billy McEwan says he may secure the signature of a new player before the weekend.
Speaking after the 1-0 friendly win at Ilkeston, which again featured a host of trialists, he told Chad: "It was a good work-out and a good surface to play on.
"The lads are still searching for their touch though I thought there were one or two good performances out there tonight. But let's not forget it was only our second game and it was another good test.
"I am still looking at players and I am waiting on one or two phone calls. But there is a chance of someone putting pen to paper before the weekend.
"We did have one or two new faces in tonight but I am not prepared to say who they are as one their names get out then someone else will probably come in and sign them.
I have put all the spadework in to get these players here and I don't want anyone taking them from under our noses."
Training facilities frustrate new manager McEwan
CHAD.co.uk, 23 July 2008
BILLY McEwan has become the latest manager frustrated by Mansfield Town's lack of training facilities.
The club have become training nomads in recent seasons since previous owner Keith Haslam let the Field Mill training pitch go to ruin.
And last season the Stags Supporters Associaition had to stump up the cash for the players to train at the John Fretwell Sporing Complex at Sookholme.
"It is unbelievable that a club like this has not got a pitch to train on," he said.
"John Fretwell have been good to us so far and given us areas we can train on. But their pitches are not ready yet so there are no full pitches to work on.
"It is one of the major stumbling blocks at the club right now. You can't run an organisation like this. You can't work on things properly.
"It is not fair on the players and they get found out."
"I would like to think we can stay at the John Fretwell this season and we are in negotiations with them."
He added: "Forest Town have also helped us out and I spent some time this afternoon before the game looking at two or three places in Mansfield that we might be able to utilise.
"It is important to have facilities. You need somewhere to go to work every day.
"At this level not many teams have their own training facilities. I have been fortunate in the past to work at clubs with decent facilities though I have been at others where they were not so good.
"You just have to take the rough with the smooth and get on with it.
"But it really is holding us up a wee bit at the moment."
Oxford's Jeannin in Stags trial
BBC.co.uk, 23 July 2008
Oxford United left-back Alex Jeannin has begun a trial at Blue Square Premier rivals Mansfield Town.
The 30-year-old has a year left on his Kassam Stadium contract but has been put on the transfer list.
Jeannin, who ended last season on loan at Kidderminster, figured in Mansfield's friendly at Ilkeston and is set to play against Derby this weekend.
The Frenchman has linked up with former Oxford striker Rob Duffy who is also on trial with the Stags.
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