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4th September 2021 10:52

Wednesday 1st September 2021

Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags:

“We just missed out on a couple that we'd been working on.

“We were quite disappointed we lost out.

“One club changed their mind, so we can't do anything about that.

“We had agreed terms and everything with the player, but the club wouldn't let him go.

“With the second one, we lost out to a League One club who obviously have much bigger resources than us.”


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.


Oldham boss Keith Curle on Mansfield's Carl Piergianni bid
theoldhamtimes.co.uk, By Suzanne Geldard , Tuesday 31st August 2021

OLDHAM Athletic turned down a transfer deadline day bid for captain Carl Piergianni from Mansfield Town.

The Stags had been looking to bolster their backline after conceding in each of their opening League Two games. And manager Nigel Clough earmarked the Latics’ centre half as a target.

But their offer was immediately rejected, with head coach Keith Curle seeing the 29-year-old as key to his plans at Boundary Park.

And Piergianni, who triggered the comeback for a first league win of the season at Sutton United, followed on from Saturday’s performance to score against former club Salford City as Latics kicked off their Papa John’s Trophy schedule with a 1-0 win.

“The club had an enquiry for Pidge and it’s been refused,” said Curle, who revealed he kept his skipper fully briefed on developments.


“I spoke to him when I got to the stadium and it wasn’t a secret amongst us.

“I’ve had dialogue with Pidge’s agent and Pidge and told him he was needed (at Oldham).

“I told him ‘you’re part of how I see the immediate future taking shape’.

“I think there have been times before where decisions have to be made and how I operate is I don’t shy away from the truth.

“I said ‘Pidge, we’ve had an enquiry, it’s a no. I spoke to your agent and told him it’s a no’.

“I think if you deal with players like that there’s no hidden agenda.”

Piergianni responded by scoring a 44th minute winner against Salford.

“That’s the relationship that I have with players, that honesty. If I honestly thought I’d Pidge wasn’t able to go out and perform I wouldn’t pick him,” said Curle.

“That shows the strength of character for Pidge that a club’s come in, made a bid and we’ve turned it down and said ‘no’. Business as usual.”


Brewers saw off Stags to bring Sam Hughes back
Former boss Nigel Clough had lined up loan swoop for Leicester City centre-half but he chose Burton

By Colston Crawford

Burton Albion won a battle with Nigel Clough’s Mansfield Town to bring Sam Hughes back to the Pirelli Stadium. And Brewers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Hughes has the potential to be a future captain with the team.

Hughes has been revealed as the Stags’ number one target for a new centre-back in the transfer window - but they had to settle on another former Brewers loanee, Richard Nartey, on loan after Hughes chose Albion.

Hughes was a big success for Burton while they were struggling in League One last season, before injuring his cruciate ligament against Doncaster Rovers in December. The Brewers conceded 14 goals in three games immediately after his departure - and immediately before Hasselbaink returned as manager.

The League of 72 podcast went behind the scenes at Mansfield on deadline day on Tuesday and an interview with the Stags chief executive, David Sharpe, nine hours before the deadline, revealed their interest in Hughes.

“Our top target (was) a boy from Leicester, it was a complicated one because he’s coming back from injury. We’d agreed a loan with Leicester which was going to turn into a permanent from January,” Sharpe says in the film. However, there are other clubs interested in League One. We’re just waiting on the player to make a decision.”

Shortly after, Sharpe says: “Sam Hughes has turned us down to go and play in League One. It happens.”

Mansfield had already been offered Nartey on loan by Burnley and chose to take up the option. Nartey made 30 appearances for Burton under Clough in the 2019-20 season.

Hasselbaink has not commented on Mansfield’s interest in Hughes, but he hinted at the possibility of a long future for the player with the Brewers. The centre-half has only signed on loan until January initially but he is also not ready to play yet, being in the final stages of rehab after his injury.

“Sam is a long-term plan for us,” said Hasselbaink. “Let him come out of his injury first, then he can come with the group and then we will have talks ongoing about him staying for a few years. He’s a leader. I see him as a future captain of the group. He has those kind of characteristics in his DNA. In a way, he’s an old-fashioned centre-half - no nonsense.”

Hughes also showed an eye for a goal in his first spell, scoring twice: “That’s what we need - players who are extremely sharp in both boxes,” added Hasselbaink.