LEE GLOVER PREVIEWS BLACKBURN GAME
Glover hails ‘fantastic’ facilities
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 16 July 2019
Assistant manager Lee Glover says that Stags’ ‘top drawer’ facilities emphasise that the club is on an ‘upward trajectory.’
The former Nottingham Forest striker was appointed as John Dempster’s assistant boss in May of this year, and is therefore currently enjoying his first pre-season with the Stags.
Glover spoke of Mansfield’s ‘fantastic’ facilities, with the amber and blue now based at the state-of-the-art RH Academy training complex.
“It’s good to get on the training ground with the lads, and the gaffer [John Dempster] has made me feel very welcome so I’m enjoying it,” he began.
“We’ve been very positive around the boys and they seem to be responding to that. Everything is going well up to now.
“For the level we’re at, the facilities are fantastic. That bodes well, and I think the players need to respect that and understand that you don’t get this at other clubs at our level.
“A facility like this [The RH Academy] would help most clubs outside the top-end of the Championship.
“I think everything is very positive. We have a good facility here and you can tell that people are trying to make the club successful.
“It’s very good to be able to offer these facilities to the lads. Anyone that we sign or bring in knows that the club is on an upward trajectory. The facilities are top drawer.
“The support has been very good here, the away support has been great. It will be nice to play at the [One Call] stadium.
“They [pre-season friendlies] are great fixtures for us. They are good tests, for them as well as us. We want to see how the players do and how they respond against Championship players.”
The assistant manager says that although there are no immediate transfers in the pipeline for the Stags, the two trialists that featured in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Alfreton Town will play some part in Wednesday evening’s pre-season friendly against Blackburn at One Call Stadium.
“We can see there is ability there [in the squad]. They are good players and their attitude has been good.
“Hopefully we can build on that and go one step further this season. We’ve done a little bit of business - the chairman [John Radford] has managed to get a few deals over the line for the club.
“The squad itself was strong to start with. Whether there will be any more comings and goings, there might be a bit more, but nothing major now.
“I wouldn’t say there is anything imminent, but I’d say we have a few irons in the fire. We’ve spoken to a few players, but there won’t be anything immediate.
“I think they [trialists that played against Alfreton] will be involved [against Blackburn] and play some part in the game.
“They both did well at Alfreton and will play some part. Alfreton was a test, but I think tomorrow [Blackburn friendly] will be a different kind of test.
“Tomorrow you might see some more flair players who might ask different questions of us. It will be a different test.
“There might be an expectation for the opponents to have more of the ball, but we want to keep the ball ourselves and see how we can keep it against them.”
Glover also confirmed that defender Hayden White will feature against Rovers, while also providing updates on the injuries to centre-back Noah Stokes and forward Craig Davies.
“I think he [White] will play some part [against Blackburn]. He’s come through training and it didn’t seem to have any ill effects, so we’ll be very pleased to see him back on the pitch.
“He’s a good player in this league and the one above. I worked with him at Peterborough and he’s a good player. Getting him back available is great.
“We picked up a nasty injury the other day with Noah [Stokes], but it [injury news] is more positive than we originally thought. He’ll be with the medical team for the next few weeks.
“I wouldn’t want to put a timescale on it. It depends on how the knee settles down in the next few days.
“Craig [Davies] is still plugging away and trying to get a return to fitness, which is difficult. We want him back.”
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"The pitch is obviously bedding in. We trained on it yesterday and it's fine."
It doesn't get much better than the R&H Academy for Mansfield Town assistant manager Lee Glover
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town are back at the new R&H Academy training ground - and assistant manager Lee Glover said few clubs below the top of the Championship can boast anything as impressive.
Stags tried to use the new facility early this year but had teething issues with some of the grass pitches.
However, that has now been sorted and Stags are finally able to fully utilise the £2m complex.
“For the level we are at the facilities are fantastic - not only the facilities but the infrastructure inside it,” said Glover.
“The food and the well-being of looking after the players is excellent. That bodes well.
“The players need to respect that and understand you don't get this at other clubs at our level and be thankful for it.
“A facility like this would help most clubs outside of the top end of the Championship.
“The pitch has obviously bedded in - we trained on it and it's fine.”
Glover said the training ground showed the club owners were serious about going to the next level and beyond.
“Everything is very positive here,” he said. “We have a good facility here and you can tell people are having a go of trying to make the club successful.
“The players have to buy into that and do their part on the pitch.”
He added: “You know where you're going to be training and you know you've got somewhere to train. I have been at other clubs where they have to ring round and get a facility to train on somewhere is either waterlogged or whatever.
“We have got a 3G here, we have a gym just down the road, we have a gym I think being built here, we have got the pitches - it's very good to be able to offer those facilities to the lads and anyone we are trying to sign or bring into the club knows we're on an upwards trajectory and have top drawer facilities.”
Hayden White set for Mansfield Town return in friendly with Blackburn Rovers
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 16 July 2019
Seeing Hayden White back in a Mansfield Town shirt in the home friendly with Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night (7.30) will be a hugely welcome sight for supporters.
The rampaging right wing back was badly missed after suffering a broken ankle in January as Stags just missed out on promotion once again.
But the player has come through pre-season so far without any sign of breaking down and assistant manager Lee Glover said today: “I think he will play some part.
“He’s come through training and doesn’t seem to have any ill effects. We will be very pleased to see him back on the pitch.
“He is a good player in this league and the one above. I worked with him at Peterborough. You want all your good players available for selection.”
Stags will also give another outing to their two trialists after their involvement in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Alfreton Town
The club are not naming them but it is believed they are transfer-listed Coventry City defender Jak Hickman, 20, and ex-Carlisle, Macclesfield, Shrewsbury and and Kidderminster forward/attacking midfielder Arthur Gnahoua, 26.
Glover said: “I think both will be involved and play some part in the game. They both did well at Alfreton.
“Alfreton was a test but we would expect more of a test for them tomorrow evening.”
Go out and win yourself a starting place in the Mansfield Town team urges Lee Glover ahead of Blackburn Rovers test
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town tonight (Wednesday) begin a testing run of three big home friendlies in seven days against Championship opposition with players told to go out and win a starting place for the new season.
Stags tonight face Blackburn Rovers (7.30) with Hull City the visitors on Saturday (3pm) before Nottingham Forest visit on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Mansfield have enhanced their beaten play-off semi-final squad over the summer and assistant boss Lee Glover warned that all shirts are up for grabs.
“The lads are champing at the bit,” he said. “Pre-season sometimes can drag on. But once you get into the games against sides like Blackburn and Forest, it moves quick.
“Players understand then that they are playing for their places in the team and that’s when they have to knuckle down and try to get in.
“We have stressed to them we don’t know who is going to be in that team.
“We’ve said it’s down to you now. You have got to force your way into that team. How do you do that? You perform in the next three or four games and make sure you’re in that team.
“There is no favouritism. If you do the business you will be in the team. That’s the way we’re pushing it to the lads.”
Although up against Championship opposition, Glover said the friendlies were not just about testing the defence and shape.
“We are playing opponents from a higher so there might be an expectation that they will have a lot of the ball,” he said.
“But we are trying to work on keeping the ball ourselves. So we want to see how we can keep the ball against them rather than the other way round.
“Let’s see how we can keep it against good quality opposition. Can we hurt them?
“Yes, they are good opposition. But let’s focus on what we’ve got in the building and get the best out of them.
“We want to see how the players do - how can they respond playing against good quality Championship players?”
Glover added: “They are great fixtures for us and good tests - and for the opposition as well as us.”
Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is expected to bring a strong squad with the likes of Charlie Mulgrew, Darragh Lenihan and Bradley Dack all set to appear.
New signings Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson are both set to play a part, but fellow new boy Sam Gallagher won’t, having played in a behind-closed-doors game with Macclesfield earlier today.
No rush for more signings say Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town are in no rush to add to their already talented squad - and are happy no one is banging the door down to sign of their current players either.
Stags have made four summer signings and are currently looking at a couple of trialists with almost seven weeks of the summer transfer window still to go.
Assistant boss Lee Glover said: “We are happy with the squad we’ve got, though if we can add to it then I think we’ll do it.
“I wouldn’t say there is anything imminent - in or out. We have got a few irons in the fire and we have spoken to a few players. But there is nothing going to happen immediately.
“We are talking to people but there is nothing that’s really close - nothing concrete.
“We have done a little bit of business. The chairman has managed to get a few deals over the line for club to bring new boys in.
“The squad itself is strong. There may be a few more comings and goings but nothing major now.”
He added: “No one has been talking to us about any of our players which is great. I turn the phone off so no one is getting in touch with us.
“If something happens, it happens. I think it’s better when the window closes as people can get a bit nervous. When it’s done, it’s done. We’re all together and let’s move on.”
After coming so close to promotion the last two seasons, Glover said the potential of the squad was very obvious this season.
“Pre-season has been very good,” he said. “We’ve been very positive around the boys. They seem to be responding to that .
“We can see the ability in the squad - they lost in the play-offs last season, so we know there’s something there to work with. They are good players.
“The attitude has been good and hopefully we can build on that and go one step further this season.”
Encouraging news for Mansfield Town defender Noah Stokes
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town believe the injury to youngster Noah Stokes may not be as bad as first thought.
Stokes looked set for a long lay-off with was feared to be a dislocated knee during the first half of Thursday's friendly at Bradford PA.
However, assistant manager Lee Glover said: “It's more positive than we originally thought, so that's good for the lad.
“He will be under the medical team now for the next few weeks and then we'll get him re-assessed.
“I would not want to put a timescale on it - that will be down to the medical team and how his knee settled down over the next few days. We will probably know something more accurate then.”
Who is expected to feature for Rovers in Mansfield friendly
By Rich Sharpe @richsharpe89
Roverswill welcome back a number of senior faces for the pre-season friendly at Mansfield Town - including a first official run-out for new signings Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing.
International trio Jayson Leutwiler, Ryan Nyambe, Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans were all missing from the side which beat Barrow but are expected to feature against the Stags.
All five featured in the behind closed doors win over Rochdale on Saturday as goals from Darragh Lenihan, Danny Graham, Sam Hart and a Ben Brereton double handed Rovers a 5-1 win.
However, the game will come too soon for Ryan Nyambe who only returned to training on Monday after his Africa Cup of Nations commitments with Namibia.
Leutwiler was late back to pre-season training after being part of Canada’s Gold Cup campaign.
The 30-year-old didn’t feature for his country during the tournament though and is expected to play at least 45 minutes at the One Call Stadium.
Andrew Fisher was the only player to fulfil the full 90 minutes at Barrow and could share the gloves with Leutwiler tonight as Rovers’ search for a new goalkeeper goes on.
They are short of options after the departure of David Raya, who joined Brentford earlier this month, and are exploring a number of options, including Derby 'keeper Scott Carson.
Moves for an overseas stopper, Premier League loanee, and young up-and-coming stopper haven't been ruled out though as the club could well move for two new 'keepers before the window closes on August 8.
Captain Mulgrew and midfielder Evans featured for Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively during the close season.
The game will come too soon for Sam Gallagher, signed from Southampton last Friday, but Downing and Johnson are set to feature for the first time after their free transfer moves from Middlesbrough and Derby County respectively.
However, Derrick Williams, Amari'i Bell, Harry Chapman and Dominic Samuel remain fitness doubts and are all expected to miss the second official friendly.
Charlie Adam, who starred in the win over Barrow and scored an Under-23s friendly at Leeds last week, remains training at the club, but is unlikely to play tomorrow night.
Jacob Butterfield is still training at Brockhall but won't play at Mansfield, though did play at Leeds alongside Adam.
Hosts Mansfield have won each of their opening two pre-season matches and the visit of Rovers is the start of three consecutive home matches against Championship.
They face Hull City on Saturday and then Nottingham Forest on Wednesday as John Dempster’s side look to go one better than last season and win promotion to the third tier.
There will be a familiar face in the opposition with 21-year-old midfielder Willem Tomlinson having moved to Mansfield in February after his departure from Rovers.
Tomlinson has played 13 times for Mansfield, three more than during his time at Rovers after graduating through the Academy.
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