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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.”
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.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Aberystwyth Town, Belper Town, Darren Ryan, Frickley Athletic, Latham Park, Mansfield Town, Newtown, Ossett, Stalybridge Celtic, Welsh Premier on January 4, 2010| Leave a Comment »
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.
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.