CLOUGH SUMMARISES TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 2 Feb 2021
Following a transfer deadline day that ran right to the wire for the Stags, boss Nigel Clough gave his thoughts on the January window as a whole, declaring he is ‘very happy’ with his squad.
“It [deadline day] was pretty hectic all the way through. We had a good training session first thing, then all attention turned to the transfer deadline.
“We’d been working on a few things anyway for the last week, but it always - inevitably - goes to the last day.
“I’d had a chat with Nicky [Maynard] last week, and talked about how well Jamie Reid and Jordan [Bowery] had done, and his opportunities would probably be limited, providing they kept playing like that.
“He asked to look at things with a view to earning a deal for next season. If he sits and just comes off the bench a couple of times, that doesn’t help him for next season. We want to be fair to everyone, so he went to Newport on loan. Cooky had gone earlier in the window.
“We’re very happy with the squad that we’ve got. We got Oliver Sarkic in at the last minute - he can play anywhere across the front three.
“We brought the third-choice goalie [Jamie Pardington] in, which we needed. We’d already got Stephen Quinn in too. It gives us 18 outfield players and 3 goalkeepers. That should be plenty to get us through the end of the season.
“He [Sarkic] will offer us that little bit of quality - technically, he’s a very good player. He has versatility and can play anywhere across the front three. With Cooky and Nicky, their position is just central, they couldn't do one of the wide ones. Jordon can go up the middle, Jamie Reid can, Ollie Sarkic can. So we've got 3 options straight away.
“[On Jamie Pardington coming in] We’d been concerned for the last couple of months that if anything happened to Marek [Stech] or Stoney [Aidan Stone], then we’re delving into a 17-year-old on the bench from the academy.
“We’ve had plenty of games where if you have a 17-year-old on the bench, your goalie gets sent off or injured, using a 17-year old is not ideal! We needed a third choice and we’re very happy with Jamie.
“We’re very happy with the squad. In an ideal world, we'd have had another body in. There's still a possibility of one or two going out on loan to the Conference.
"Tyrese [Sinclair] will be involved, as will James Clarke and Jason Law.
“We’ve also mentioned that if we need a striker on the bench, we’ll promote Nathan Caine from the academy. He played at Scunthorpe in the Papa John’s Trophy, so there are no problems if he’s involved as well.
“We never take anyone for the sake of it, so if we’re going to sign a young player, let’s look at our own young players first and give them an opportunity.”
RANKED: Every League Two club’s January transfer business 2021
by James Richards
The fourth tier is an incredibly tight race this season and the January transfer window could end up being decisive in the promotion and relegation scraps at each end of the table.
This window is notoriously hard to do business in and can rip the heart out of the team when star players leave. So, who has come through this one relatively unscathed or even better, strengthened in key areas of the squad?
We have ranked, from 24-1, every side’s business in League Two based upon the winter window. Read on to see where we have put your team:
3. Mansfield Town (ranked 3rd best for the transfer window)
In: Stephen Quinn - Burton - Loan, George Lapslie - Charlton - Und, Jamie Pardington - Wolves - Loan, Oliver Sarkic - Blackpool - Loan
Out: Rollin Menayese - Grimsby - Loan, Andy Cook - Bradford - Loan, Nicky Maynard - Newport - Loan
Mansfield Town have enjoyed a very good transfer window. The signing of George Lapslie on a permanent deal is the standout piece of business. The midfielder has helped transform a team who were starring down the barrel of relegation to being a side with genuine play-off hopes. Stephen Quinn adds more experience and Nigel Clough’s decision to bring in Oliver Sarkic could prove an inspired one. The forward played his best football under the Mansfield boss at Burton and will be hoping to kick on again under his guidance. Getting Andy Cook and Nicky Maynard off the wage bill also deserves credit. A really nice window for the Stags.
Mark Cooper previews FGR game:
“Mansfield have been on a great run of form since Nigel Clough took over. He’s a great manager and wherever he’s been he’s done well,” explained Mark Cooper.
“They’ve had some troubles with their pitch, but we’re not going to make any excuses and they’ll be ready to play too.
“Wherever the game is, we’ll be ready. It could be on tarmac and we’d still run hard and fight for the points.