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Norwich City can confirm the signing of defender Michael Rose from Stockport County on loan until the end of the season after paperwork was completed this morning.

Full-back Rose follows striker Oli Johnson in making the switch from the Hatters to Carrow Road this month.

The 27-year-old began his career as a trainee at Manchester United but left in 2001 to join Conference side Chester City.

After a year with the Blues, he spent two seasons with Hereford United, losing in the Conference play-off semi-finals to Aldershot on penalties in 2003-04.

Despite the shoot-out defeat, Rose stepped up to league football joining Yeovil Town. He played in all but six games as the Glovers won the League Two title in his first season at Huish Park.

In the summer of 2006, the free-kick specialist joined Stockport County, helping them to promotion to League One via the play-offs in 2007-08 beating Paul Lambert’s Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-finals.

Rose made 123 appearances for Stockport in all competitions in his three-and-a-half years with the Hatters, scoring nine times and turned in a man of the match performance earlier in the season in the 3-1 defeat to City at Edgeley Park.

In total the Salford-born defender has amassed over 300 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals.

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City’s winding-up petition case in the Royal Courts of Justice today has been adjourned for a period of 42 days.
Club official’s appeared in court today facing a winding-up petition from HMRC and will have to return again in March after the case was adjourned for 42 days.  It was revealed that Chester City are currently in the process of seeking a CVA.
City are reported to owe HMRC £26,125 and other creditors £20,000.  The case will now be heard on 10 March 2010.

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Chester City have been put up for sale for just £1 in the hope of sidestepping tomorrow’s High Court date in London over an unpaid £26,000 tax bill.  The Blue Square Premier bottom club are due to face a winding-up petition, brought by HM Revenue & Customs.

But if they find a new owner prepared to pay off the crisis club’s current debts, Chester can still be saved.

And after turning down one deal, Chester’s current owners, the Vaughan family, are still negotiating.

An official statement from the club read: “Stephen Vaughan Junior is prepared to sell 100% control of Chester City Football Club for one pound.

“There is a serious situation at the football club and I have been in consultation with the PFA and the Football League all week trying to get players squeezed through”

“The new owners will take on all existing creditors and will need to guarantee to pay existing creditors of the new company.”

Would you be prepared to buy the Vaughan’s out?  Time is ticking away!

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Former Chester City goalkeeper Phil Palethorpe has left Welsh Premier side Airbus UK Broughton to join Cammell Laird after failing to challenge first-choice keeper Kris Rogers for the gloves this season, according to reports in the local press.

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It’s now two games, two defeats for newly appointed Director of Football Morrell Maison.  Speaking to press reporters after the Mansfield game at Field Mill, he said:
“We didn’t have enough today but those young lads are working hard for their football club under difficult circumstances and are showing tremendous character in training and on the field.”
“It is the business end of this football club that has been poorly managed, which is indefenceable, and we must sort it.
“We have to get back on track and quickly.  The playing staff are living from day to day right now,  but I am confident things will be sorted with the winding-up order this week, though I am not in control of the situation. I am as confident as I can be without being in control.
“Assurances have been given and negotiations and discussions are going on. Situations are drawing to a close.”

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Mansfield Town 4 Chester City 0
Morell Maison’s struggling Blues outfit were totally outplayed at Field Mill on saturday as Luke Jones scored his first two goals for the home side to set the Stags on course for a 4-0 thumping over sorry City.
City are literally teetering on the brink, facing the threat of being wound up in the High Court on Wednesday over an unpaid tax debt and they were buried inside little more than half an hour.
Jones scored twice with headers before teenage namesake Ben Jones turned Ryan Williams’ corner into his own net.
And Jake Speight struck from the edge of the box to wrap up the points.
Mansfield Town:  Marriott, Armstrong, L Jones, Foster, Silk, Williams, Somner, Hotchkiss (Challinor 85), Briscoe (Perry 74), Duffy (Sturrock 75), Speight. Subs: Sandercombe, Brough.
Scorers: L Jones 23, 33 B Jones og 35, Speight 80
Booked: Silk
Chester City: Danby, Meynell, Roberts, Kelly, Lea, Wilkinson, Coulter, Rule, Davidson, B Jones, Ellams. Subs: Murphy, Walker, Freeman, Maxwell.
Booked: Meynell
Attendance: 2,882 (virtually one man and his dog turned up from Chester!)
Referee: Billy Khatib (Tyne & Wear)

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Club captain Tim Ryan insists crisis club Chester City’s main objective ahead of tomorrow’s game at Mansfield is to see out the season.
The Blues club captain is now one of the most experienced players in the City squad after the recent departures of midfielder Anthony Barry, James Owen, Nick Chadwick and Gregg Blundell.
The quartet have all left in the January transfer window after being owed wages since November.
Ryan was assistant manager to Jim Harvey before the former Forest Green boss left the Blues by mutual consent earlier this month.
And the Stockport-born central defender is now providing support for newly-appointed director of football, Morell Maison.
Chester have not scored for six games and are still on minus three points after being docked 25 at the start of the season.
“We are obviously struggling with the number of players we currently have in our squad, but our main objective now is to see out the season,” said Ryan.
“Morell has come in while the club have been going through some difficult times and he has been trying to assure the players that he is fighting to get outstanding wages paid.
“I don’t know why some players have all decided to leave the club, but they have all probably worried about the club’s financial problems.”
Ryan skippered Chester in Tuesday night’s 1-0 home defeat against Salisbury City in front of just 425 spectators – City’s lowest home attendance since September 2001.
He added: “Mansfield will provide us with a tough game because I remember from our last meeting that they were a tough and physical team.
“But it certainly gives a good chance for our younger players to groom themselves.”

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