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Stags sign Burnley defender on loan
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 31st August 2021

Mansfield Town is delighted to announce the loan signing of defender Richard Nartey from Burnley until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old links up with manager Nigel Clough, who he worked under at Burton Albion.

In 2019-20, Nartey made 29 appearances for the Brewers on loan from then-parent club Chelsea.


The former Blues' under-23s captain then signed for Burnley in November 2020.

Stags’ boss Nigel Clough said: “Richard has experience in League One and spent an extended period of time with Chelsea prior to that.

“In the last ten months, he’s benefited greatly training with Burnley’s first team.

“He’s a good centre-half, with pace and reads the game well,” he added.


Boss discusses deadline day deals
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 31st August 2021

Manager Nigel Clough discussed his two deadline day acquisitions following Stags’ Papa John’s Trophy opener away to Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening.

Shortly after the game it was announced that Stoke defender Will Forrester has joined the club on loan until January, along with Burnley defender Richard Nartey arriving on loan until the end of the campaign.

“[They are] two young players with potential,” he explained.


“Richard Nartey we know from our days at Burton. We took him on loan from Chelsea and he played in League One for us.

“He acquitted himself well and is a very good character. The best thing is, he’s spent the last eight or nine months with Burnley, training predominantly with their first team.

“I spoke to Sean Dyche [Burnley manager] today and he told me how we’ll he’d done for them being around the first team.”


Stags’ squad has ‘good balance’ - manager
mansfieldtown.net, Wednesday 1st September 2021

Following yesterday’s closure of the transfer window, boss Nigel Clough says the ‘balance is good’ within the Mansfield Town squad.

The Stags made two first team acquisitions on deadline day, bringing in defenders Will Forrester and Richard Nartey, on loan from Stoke City and Burnley, respectively.


Speaking more on his deadline day signings, the boss says his two new players will give the Stags ‘much-needed cover’ in the defensive area.

“They [Forrester and Nartey] will give us some much-needed cover. They’ll also be vying for a starting place. We definitely needed to strengthen in that area.

“He [Nartey] did very well [at Burton Albion], coming out for his first loan from Chelsea. Being at Chelsea as a youngster, you know he’s had a good football upbringing.

“He came out and did really well for us at Burton in League One. He’s ended up at Burnley, where most importantly, he’s trained with the first team.

“Anyone who has been around Burnley’s first team with the way they play and train [has had good experience]. I spoke to Sean Dyche [Burnley manager] about him and they really like him.

“He’s certainly in with a shout [of starting]. We’re going to find out what games he’s played and see how he looks in training today and Friday.


chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

New loan signing Richard Nartey is in the frame for an immediate Mansfield Town debut on Saturday against visiting Harrogate Town having joined just before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

With James Perch out with concussion and Farrend Rawson struggling with a back problem, Nigel Clough may quickly call on the impressive Burnley centre half.

“He is certainly in with a shout,” said Clough.

“We are just going to find out what games he has played and how many minutes he's played in the last few weeks. We will see how he looks in training today and Friday.”


Clough knows the player well, having had him on loan from parent club Chelsea while managing Burton Albion.

“He did very well, coming out for his first loan from Chelsea,” said Clough.

“Being at Chelsea for 10 years as a youngster you know he's had a good grounding and a good upbringing in terms of football, having been around such a great club.

“He came out and did really well for us at Burton in League One.

“Then he didn't have a club for a while and ended up at Burnley from last November, where he has played some U23 games.

“But most importantly he has trained with their first team, with the way that they play and train.

“I spoke to Sean Dyche about him and he said they really like him and they have been impressed. Most importantly he said that the first team like him.

“When you are a young player coming into that sort of Premier League squad it is very important to impress your team mates.”


from video: Inside deadline day, behind the scenes, Mansfield Town

- we were trying to delay the Richard Nartey signing, while waiting on other targets. Burnley sent the paperwork before we had asked for it! Nartey wanted to come to us because of location.
- top target was Sam Hughes, from Leicester, on loan, turning in to permanent in January. Everything was agreed. Wasn't going to be fit until November though.
- Simon Clough and Matt Ash were looking at footage of Forrester from Stoke City, "they like him" says Sharpe. "It would be a very cheap loan".
- bad news comes in that Sam Hughes chosen to go to League One Burton.
- "the other lad, from Oldham" (not named but we know is Carl Piergianni), also not happening as Oldham want to keep him.
- so we moved on to Nartey and Forrester.


Burnley loanee Richard Nartey so happy to be back working with Nigel Clough at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

New Mansfield Town loan signing Richard Nartey knows first hand how good Nigel Clough is at motivating players and can't wait to get working with him again.

The 22-year-old Burnley centre half arrived on loan for the season this week having already played 25 games in a loan spell for the Stags boss at Burton Albion when a Chelsea youngster.

“Once I knew it was all done and dusted it was really relieving just to be able get my head down and do as much as I can for the team,” he said.

“I spoke to the gaffer about the opportunity and fortunately next day he called me and said they were going to speak to Burnley and if everything was fine with that it would go through - and here I am.


“It was a really big part playing with him before. He gave me my first professional games in the league.

“I already know how he works and what he demands off the players. He really helped this one get over the line.”

He added: “It's pretty much impossible not to be motivated when he is your gaffer.

“You can see how much it means to him and when the manager cares that much it reflects on the players. He drives everyone on to be better and I really like that.

“Burton was my first dose of men's football. It really helped me get used to it - the physical side. I was a bit younger back then and I have now bulked out a bit. But it was a great experience all round.”

Nartey spent 10 years as a youngster at Premier League Chelsea, eventually captaining their U23s, and said: “It was really good growing up around some of the best players in Europe. It pushes your level up training with them every day.

“But going on loan really helps you to get used to the side you don't learn at an academy like that - the physical side and smart side of the game.

“It was much more demanding on the technical side rather than the physical side at a club like Chelsea.”

Nartey is now well thought of at Burnley.

“It's been really good for me at Burnley,” he said.

“I went there after Covid and it was tough for me to try to get my head down and go again.

“The gaffer there really had faith in me and I trained with the first team a lot as well as being on the bench for a few of the Premier League games which was a great experience.”

On his qualities as a player, he said: “I really like to read the game to try to intercept as many of the balls as possible which I think I did well in my game time at Burton.

“I like to be composed on the ball and play out from the back which I know the gaffer really likes.

“I will do my best to get in the team and try to stay there.”