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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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Mansfield Town boss David Holdsworth says he has sympathy for the position in which crisis club Chester City find themselves, according to a report in today’s Nottingham Evening News.

On the field, the Blues are rooted to the bottom of the Blue Square Premier table on minus three points.

Off it, they have not have not paid some players’ wages since November and face a winding up order from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over and unpaid tax bill.

Holdsworth is desperate to compound Chester’s misery when they visit Field Mill tomorrow – because his side need the three points themselves.

But he does feel sorry for director of football Morell Maison and the rest of his staff.

 
“I think anyone in football will feel for Chester in their position,” said Holdsworth.

“The people who are trying hard to turn the club around are paying for a legacy of what has happened before.

“Sometimes circumstances change after someone has bought a club – we have seen that in the Premier League.

“Maybe it is time for the game’s governing bodies to make sure that owners have enough money to keep progressing clubs.

“It is money that makes the world go round in football and I have sympathy for Chester right now.”

Mansfield are looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon last week that made for a disappointing start to 2010.

Holdsworth knows taking on City represents a different challenge and one where the home fans can play their part.

He said: “It is totally different to last week – they are a bit of an unknown quantity really.

“What we need to do is generate some passion. We have got a very supportive crowd here, but there won’t be too much atmosphere unless we give them something to shout about.

“The fans will play their part in the forthcoming homes games and hopefully they can generate the passion just as I want the players to.”

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City’s plans to bring in Mansfield pair Steven Istead and Scott Gardner on loan have been thwarted by the club’s ongoing transfer embargo.

It seems that the move to bring in the Stags duo was down to City’s new supremo Morrell Maison who was apparently unaware that the Blues still had a transfer embargo placed upon them by the authorities due to non-payment of player wages.

City, who were almost kicked out of the conference league before Christmas over outstanding debts, were hoping to take the duo on a month’s loan with Mansfield having a 24-hour call-back clause on them after the first month.

However, City have not been able to get the embrago lifted with players’ wages still outstanding.

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Darren Ryan, manager of Principality Welsh Premier club Newtown (and a former Deva Stadium favourite from the early nineties), is hoping to bring a clutch of new faces to Latham Park to bolster his `Super 12` aspirations.

Ryan is keen on out-of-favour Aberystwyth striker Andy Evans, who is interesting several other clubs.

A former Cardiff City trainee, Evans won a Welsh under-21 cap, before drifting through Merthyr Tydfil and Ebbw Vale to Aberystwyth and a £15,000 move to Barnsley.

After service with Mansfield Town, Chester City, Stalybridge Celtic, Frickley Athletic, Belper Town and Ossett, he rejoined the Seasiders in summer 2006 and has notched forty-four goals from 161 games, but has made just four appearances from the bench this season.

Good luck Ryan in your bid to achieve ‘super 12’ status in the Welsh Premier League this season.

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Reports today suggest Chester City are poised to capture the loan signings of Steven Istead and Scott Gardner from Mansfield Town, however in contrast to that there is talk that Chester’s players have been told not to report to the Deva Stadium for training this week and they are free to find new clubs during the January transfer window.

Meanwhile reports today suggest Midfielder Steven Istead will join up with the Blues on January 10 after his current loan deal with Alfreton Town expires while defender Scott Gardener will join City immediately.

Both will remain at the Deva Stadium until the end of the season but can be recalled by Mansfield at any moment and will not be allowed to face their parent club in competative action.

Born in South Shields, 23-year-old Istead began his career with the youth team of Newcastle United. He left without making a first-team appearance, and signed for Hartlepool United in 2002, where he held the record for the youngest player to ever play for Hartlepool United until it was beaten in 2004 by striker David Foley.

Despite making his senior debut in 2002, Istead didn’t sign his first professional contract with Hartlepool until June 2005. However, he was released from his contract less than a year later, in May 2006. During his four seasons with Hartlepool, Istead made a total of 64 appearances in the Football League. Istead later played for non-league clubs Gateshead and Consett, before moving to Scottish side Peterhead in 2007, where he made 24 appearances in the Scottish Football League Second Division. After one season in Scotland, Istead returned south of the border to play for Ilkeston Town. On 10 June 2009, Istead signed for Mansfield Town.

On 1 December 2009, Istead joined Alfreton Town of the Conference North on a month-long loan deal.

Luxembourg born Gardner has played for the England national team at Under 16 and 17 age groups as a youth prospect at Leeds United.

On 18 May 2007, Gardner was offered a new contract by Leeds United which he signed on 7 August, once the club’s transfer embargo had been lifted. Having previously been a regular in the Leeds United reserve side, Gardner was involved with the first-team during the 2007–08 pre-season, including playing in a home friendly against Wigan Athletic. Gardner is naturally a right-winger, but has played a right-back during his time at the Elland Road club.

He made his full debut for the Elland Road club on 14 August 2007 in a 1–0 win against Macclesfield Town in the League Cup. On 22 January 2008, Gardner signed a one-month loan deal with Conference National club Farsley Celtic who are also based in Leeds. Gardner returned from his loan spell in late February 2008. He made an impressive league debut for Leeds in the 2–1 win over Gillingham in May, a game which relegated the Gills.

On 30 January 2009, Gardner’s contract at Leeds United was terminated by mutual consent. Three days later, on 2 February 2009, Gardner signed for Conference National club, Mansfield Town until the end of the 2008–09 season.

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Another excellent article pinged back from those wonderful guys at twohundredpercent.
The festive period may have come and gone, but the confusing world of the ownership of football clubs continues to rumble on. The recent break has seen developments involving two names that have graced these pages before, Morell
Maison and John Batchelor. with mixed results. Maison came to our attention because of his time in charge at Southern League club Halesowen Town, but has now resurfaced at, of all places, Chester City, where he was announced as their
new Director of Football on Boxing Day.
During his time at the club, the Yeltz were kicked out of the FA Cup and the FA Trophy by the Football Association, ran up horrifying debts, were boycotted by the club’s own supporters, had the West Midlands Police Economic Crime Unit
investigating allegations of fraud at the club and ended up being released on bail by the police over the matter. There are several aspects of this appointment that are curious, though. The first is the issue of whether he is being paid or not because, if he is, he’s doing better than the players, who are believed not to have been paid since November.
The second interesting aspect of this is the issue of Stephen Vaughan’s continuing interest in the club. Vaughan failed the Football Association’s Fit & Proper test when he was banned as a company director because of his admission of
carousel fraud, and should have offloaded his interest in the club by the middle of December. It was, however, Vaughan that was reported as having met Maison and as recently as the 22nd of December Vaughan was confirmed as not having sold his share in the club, although he told the Liverpool Daily Post that a consortium had “due-dilligence on the football club and I am now hoping we can expect a completion of a deal before the new year”. Three days left, then.
There is, amid all of this bad news, a small chink of light for Chester City supporters. Yet another of the serial football club owners whose name had occasionally been mentioned in association with the club (and another bête noire
of this site), John Batchelor, can now scrub his name off the list of buying any football clubs in the near future. Batchelor was ruinously involved at York City earlier in the decade, was sniffing around Mansfield Town earlier this year and described himself as an asset-stripper in his involvement in football clubs, but he has now been banned from acting as a company director for seven years.
Batchelor, who seemed to take a perverse pride in what he seemed to believe was no more than being plain speaking but seemed only to alarm anybody connected with any football club that he went within ten miles of, was investigated by the Insolvency Service’s Disqualification Investigation Team over his conduct in the affairs of two companies that he was acting as a director of, Moornate Chemists Limited and The Besglos Polish Company Limited. He was found to have been making payments to himself – the sum total being around £50,000 – while he knew that these two companies were insolvent. They both went into administration in the summer of 2007 with debts of £750,000.
The full extent of Batchelor’s asset-stripping, therefore, is clear. While at York City, he took £120,000 on sponsorship out of the club and diverted it towards his motor racing team. Of the twenty-four companies of which he has been
a director, fourteen had been struck off the companies register and six have been insolvent. He would, however, still have passed the Football Association’s Fit & Proper Persons test until his disqualification was announced. As we have
seen repeatedly over the last few months, though, it is almost impossible for anyone to be declared as unfit and improper to run a football club unless an outside organisation such as the Insolvency Service gets involved first.
Chester City will finish 2009 with a negative points tally after their match this afternoon was postponed. No-one at the Football Conference, the Football League or the Football Association has yet made a public statement on the
startling success of their decision to allow Vaughan to perform what could best be described as a “switcheroo” during the summer. Exactly who will benefit, and in what way, from the involvement of Morell Maison at Chester City Football Club is anybody’s guess, and the bare fact of the matter is that there is precious little to suggest that the issues surrounding the ownership of the club has been resolved. Still, at least John Batchelor now cannot get his paws on another football club for a few years, which is a start.

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