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8th January 2012 19:17

Duo return to Kettering, confirms Cox
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 05 Jan 2012 midday

Aman Verma and Marcus Kelly have returned to Kettering Town following a spell on loan, manager Paul Cox confirmed today.


The duo arrived at Field Mill on 24 November 2011 on loan with a view to signing permanently in this month.

However, speaking to the press this morning from the John Fretwell Sporting Complex, Cox said: "They (Aman and Marcus) have gone back, initially. I spoke to Kettering last night and am speaking to them today.

"We have signed Matt Green, Ben Hutchinson and Gary Roberts recently, and finances dictate a lot. However, Marcus and Aman are players who we are keen on bringing to the club so hopefully we will have a positive answer in the next 24 hours."

More reaction to follow from today's press meeting


Stags loan duo's futures up in air
Nottingham Post, Thursday, January 05, 2012 midday

AMAN Verma and Marcus Kelly's futures at Mansfield Town are in the balance, manager Paul Cox admitted today.


The duo have returned to Kettering after their loan spells expired following the New Year's Day 2-2 draw at York City.

?A pres releases from the club when the two initially joined on a temporary basis suggested the deals would become permanent in the January transfer window.

But Cox insists the agreement was only ever that central midfielder Verma and left-sided player Kelly were brought in with a chance to prove their worth.

The boss is now assessing who is available before deciding if he does want to bring either one, or both, back to Field Mill.

"They have gone back initially, but the whole thing was a loan with a view to a permanent signing," said Cox.

"Both lads have done well, especially Aman, and both have worked their socks off.

"But we are looking at the finances now because we would have to pay a fee for both. There is a lot of talking to be done.

"Football is a game that changes from one week to the other and Gary Roberts and Ben Hutchinson became available and we have just signed Matt Green permanently as well.

"Aman and Marcus are two players we are really keen to bring to the club, but finances dictate and we have to look if we need anyone anywhere else in the squad.

"Kettering have had a change of manager and he might want to keep the two lads anyway so we will have to see what happens when I speak to them."

Mansfield are still waiting to discover the results of John Thompson's examination on his shoulder/neck injury by a specialist earlier this week


Stags boss Cox still hopeful of deals as Verma and Kelly return to Kettering
chad.co.uk, Thursday 5 January 2012

PAUL Cox is still hopeful Mansfield Town can sign Aman Verma and Marcus Kelly on a permanent basis – despite the duo going back to Kettering Town yesterday at the end of their loan spell instead of signing permanent deals as fans had expected.


Stags had intimated deals were done and the duo would sign on 2nd January, so it came as quite a shock to learn they had gone back to the Poppies, who have Mark Cooper installed as the new manager.

“We brought them here on loan with a view to a permanent signing,” said manager Cox. “Now we have to pay a fee for both and we are looking at finances.

“I am speaking to Kettering. I am keen on bringing them in and I hope within the next 24 hours to have a positive answer.

“Already this month I have signed Matt Green, Gary Roberts and Ben Hutchinson and finances will dictate.

“Football is a game that changes from week to week and players like Gary Roberts and Ben Hutchinson have become available.

“We have also got to have a look and see if we need anyone anywhere else in the squad and make sure the finances are available to bring them in.

“Also, there has been a change of manager at Kettering and he may feel he wants to keep the players. Both have done well for us, especially Aman who has been terrific.”

He added: “We are not a bad side at the moment. We are just missing one or two ingredients which I am looking for. But we may have to sacrifice one one or two to get them. This is a horrible, ruthless business. But I have to do whatever it takes to get this club back to where it should be.”


Mansfield Town pair return to Kettering over 'loan fee'
bbc.co.uk, Thursday, 5 January 2012

Midfielders Aman Verma and Marcus Kelly have left Mansfield and returned to parent club Kettering amid a dispute over finances.


The pair were set to sign permanent contracts with the Stags this month.

But the Poppies have reneged on the deal, saying they are owed a loan fee.

Mansfield boss Paul Cox denies the claim, telling BBC Radio Nottingham: "There was no such thing as a loan fee from our point of view. We paid the wages over the period of the loan."

They were expected to sign 18-month contracts at Field Mill when their loans expired in January.

But Poppies chairman Imraan Ladak told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo: "We agreed with Mansfield Town that they would pay a loan fee for them in November.

"They did not make the payment that they promised and, as a result, it left us with a shortfall."

Cox rebuffed the suggestion, saying: "It was a loan with a view to a permanent signing in January so I can't really understand where that's come from and how he's seen that.

"We are really keen on the players but obviously finances dictate everything.

"We will be talking to Kettering in regards to the players. We are very keen on both of them but we have just signed three players. Both players are very keen on coming back but we have to be respectful as they are Kettering players.

"I've spoken to Imran quite a lot over the last 24 hours. He's within his rights to pull the lads back. They are Kettering players. But we've done everything by the book and I can't understand where he's coming from."


4 Jan 2012 7pm

Kettering Town can confirm that Mark Cooper has accepted a position as caretaker manager until the end of the season and will start his duties with immediate effect.

Kettering Town can also confirm that Marcus Kelly and Aman Verma have returned from their loan spell at Mansfield Town and are available for selction on Saturday.


4 Jan 2012 8pm
twitter.com/JonDunhamET Northants Evening Telegraph

Ladak says Verma and Kelly are back because Mansfield failed to pay a loan fee agreed when they went there.


Cooper returns to the hot seat at Poppies
Thursday 5 January 2012 9am


MARK COOPER was taking his first training session back in charge of Kettering Town this morning following a whirlwind return to the club, writes Jon Dunham.

On a dramatic evening, Mark Stimson left the Poppies and almost immediately Cooper was installed as caretaker-manager for the remainder of the season.

The circumstances surrounding Stimson's departure remain unclear for the time being after he had been in charge during a dreadful time that had seen the club imposed with a transfer embargo for failing to pay their players on time.

But Cooper, who will work for expenses only, is back now in the hotseat at the club he had such a successful two-and-a-half-year spell with.

He led the club to promotion from Conference North in 2008 and then enjoyed a superb season and half in the Conference, which also included an incredible run to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

He left to join Peterborough United in November 2009 but was sacked just three months later.

His next stop was at Darlington whom he led to FA Carlsberg Trophy glory last season but he was fired earlier in this campaign and the Quakers' financial problems have now seen them plunged into administration.

Cooper admits his main purpose in being back at Kettering is to keep them in the Blue Square Bet Premier after they dropped into the bottom four on New Year's Day.

And he confirmed any potential investors in the club were aware of his appointment

“I said I would come back and help the club out,” Cooper said.

“They want me to come in a take up the reigns and try to keep the club up. It's not been nice seeing what it has gone through recently.

“I believe any new investors are happy with me taking the role on and I won't be paid a lot, just expenses.

“Hopefully we will get the embargo lifted before Saturday, get some players in and get those who are here some money.

“Once everything off the pitch has sorted we will see where we are.

“But I am obviously happy to come back because everyone knows I have a close affinity with the club.”

Chairman Imraan Ladak added: “Mark has come in on a voluntary basis.

“The fact was that as of yesterday afternoon we had a vacancy, I picked up the phone and he said he would come in.”

Meanwhile, Marcus Kelly and Aman Verma are set to face AFC Telford United on Saturday after they returned to Kettering Town.

The pair joined Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Mansfield Town, initially on loan deals following the severe financial problems at Nene Park that came to light in November.

It was reported that they would be joining the Stags on permanent contracts once the transfer window opened at the start of this month.

But Poppies chairman Imraan Ladak claimed he had hauled the two players back because Mansfield hadn't paid fees for the loan deals that were agreed at the time.

And he insists that was part of the reason why his club was placed under a transfer embargo by the Football Conference for failure to pay their players on time and not paying money owed to League Two side Crawley Town.

“We agreed with Mansfield Town that they would pay a loan fee for them in November,” Ladak said. “They did not make the payment that they promised and, as a result, it left us with a shortfall.

“That shortfall meant we were unable to pay the money at the time the transfer embargo came about.

“We have been very disappointed with that and it is frustrating for the players.”


EARLIER STORY from November:
... the duo arrive at Field Mill on loan until January, and will officially become permanent additions in the New Year when the pair's 18 month contracts will commence.



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