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12th November 2008 16:01

Robinson joins Redditch

Chanot stays for another month. Audio interview at mansfieldtown.net here


McEwan issues warning to Stags
Evening Post, November 04, 2008

BILLY McEwan has warned his squad they jeopardise their chances of playing in Saturday's big derby with Chesterfield if they coast through tonight's Setanta Shield trip at York.

While the third round tie is low on the Stags boss's list of priorities, he is still demanding his player put in a full 'shift'.
And he insists anyone slacking off will be left out of the eagerly-awaited FA Cup first round clash at Saltergate.
"Any player who under-performs and thinks they can save themselves for the Chesterfield game will not be in the team," said McEwan.
"We are in the competition, so we have to try to win the game. We are not entering it to make up the numbers.
"We have to get the job done at York before we can think about Chesterfield.
"There are also Mansfield fans who will be travelling up to the game and if you are playing at 70%, you are cheating them."
Mansfield have been boosted by the news Sheffield United have agreed to extend defender Max Chanot's loan for another month.
The 18-year-old centre back has played in five of the club's seven games since his arrival.
McEwan said: "Max has come in during a difficult situation and it is all new to him because he has been playing reserve football.
"He has made a few mistakes and been sent off,.
"He will learn from it and get stronger because he is playing against men not boys.
"But you are not going to be able to mould him overnight."
Reserve goalkeeper David Knight has been released by the club after failing to make a first team appearance.
"He wanted a contract and I couldn't guarantee him that yet so he is taking the opportunity to look elsewhere," said McEwan.


Keeper Knight leaves the Stags to go abroad
CHAD.co.uk, 03 November 2008 , By John Lomas
BILLY McEwan is back on the search for a back-up goalkeeper after David Knight decided to accept a chance to play abroad.

The former Swansea City stopper joined Stags in mid-October to provide competition for Paddy Gamble.

But McEwan said: "He has left the club. He is a free agent and had the opportunity to get fixed up with a club abroad.

"He wanted a contract here but he wasn't getting one. I wasn't sure about him and wanted to see him in a few more games.

"So I am back on the look-out now"


Stags wingman Blackwood at Lilleshall
CHAD.co.uk, 03 November 2008 , By John Lomas
INJURED winger Michael Blackwood is at Lilleshall National Rehabilitation Centre this week for treatment on his ankle injury.

Blackwood damaged ankle ligaments in the FA Cup tie at York City nine days ago and McEwan said: "He will get one to one treatment down there and get fitter much quicker.

"I have no idea how quick a healer Michael is as this is the first season I have worked with him but I can't see any chance of him being fit this weekend."


Redditch Advertiser website.
03 NOV 2008
Redditch United have signed former Mansfield, Tamworth and Studley forward Anthony Robinson.

He will go into the squad for the home game with Alfreton tomorrow night (Tuesday).


York City aim to use Setanta tie to shatter Billy jinx
Tuesday 4th November 2008


By Dave Flett »

YORK City boss Colin Walker has insisted the Setanta Shield is not a “Mickey Mouse Cup” ahead of tonight's third round home tie against Mansfield Town.

The winners of this evening's clash will receive a cheque for £3,500 but the team that eventually lifts what is effectively the Blue Square Premier's League Cup will pocket £41,000 in total prize money.

That figure would be augmented by further cash from live appearances on Setanta Sports and Walker is not taking such financial rewards lightly.

Walker, pictured, said: “It's not a Mickey Mouse Cup as some people might call it and it's also a game we can use as a springboard.

“It would be nice to get a win and get some positivity into the club before our league games against Torquay and Cambridge.”

Under the competition's rules, City must field ten players who have featured on the teamsheet during the club's last two fixtures.

With the FA Cup allowing seven substitutes, the Minstermen have 18 players fulfilling that criteria, meaning new signing Dyer and long-term injury casualty Steven Hogg could also come into contention.

Walker added: “I haven't decided what the team will be but all the players are keen to go out and win the match.”

The game will represent the fourth meeting this season between the Minstermen and a Mansfield side managed by Walker's KitKat Crescent predecessor Billy McEwan.

Stags chief McEwan currently has the upper hand on his former assistant, following two draws between the teams and last Tuesday's FA Cup first round replay win at Field Mill.

Walker said: “You never know what to expect but all the games have been very tight.

“Hopefully, we can have the edge in this one.”

Setanta Shield prize fund

Third round winners - £3,500.

Fourth round winners - £4,500.

Quarter-final winners - £7,000.

Semi-final winners - £10,000.

Final runners-up - £8,000.

Final winners - £16,000



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