Football Shorts: Chesterfield vs. Shrewsbury Town

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Rotherham United
A furious Neil Redfearn unleashed a scathing assessment of his players at Rotherham Untied following their 2-0 away defeat to Huddersfield Town.

The Millers boss accused the players of letting down the club’s supporters and claimed the squad he inherited from Steve Evans is not good enough to survive in the second tier.

“January is massive,” he told the Sheffield Star. ”We let good players go, we brought in players who are sub-standard in the summer and now we are left with this. This isn’t going to go away. We have got to get better players in.

“We brought a large following to Huddersfield. They expected effort and endeavour and it never happened in the first half.”

And Redfearn went on to question the commitment and professionalism on show from members of the first team squad at the New York stadium.

“They are in a privileged position,” he added. “I played nearly a 1,000 games and I played in all divisions, Premier League, right down to the Conference.

“This is worth fighting for, let me tell you, because the alternative is getting up at seven in the morning, going to B&Q, working nine until half five, getting paid £5 an hour and getting home at seven at night every day of the week.”

Legal proceedings against two men accused of mounting a harassment campaign against Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston have been halted after a defence lawyer made an application for the judge involved to no longer deal with the case.

The two men, David Ragozzino, 34, and Stephen Reed, 58, are accused of sending Oyston numerous offensive texts between April and July of 2015.

They are further accused of preparing to send Oyston’s wife, Victoria, an offensive message.

The application made by Stephen Townley, the lawyer representing Ragozzino, asked the court to consider whether a change of venue would be appropriate, whether the two defendants’ case be separated and whether District Judge Jeff Brailsford should continue to sit.

Bury manager David Flitcroft gave a damning assessment of English football’s financial state after statistics revealed his club as one of only three clubs to have not spent a penny on agents’ fees.

Figures released by the Football League revealed that only the Shakers, Accrington Stanley and Hartlepool United paid no money to agents in the period 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.

“Players want to come here. Not because the agents tell them to or get paid more money. Some of the amounts that I have seen are obscene, absolutely obscene,” said the Bury boss.

“People want to come here for football reasons and that’s very important to me. If I thought somebody wanted to come here for money, believe me, they would not sign for Stewart Day and they would not sign for Dave Flitcroft.”

£3,167,964 was spent on agents’ fees by clubs in SkyBet League One – £1,461,088 of which was contributed by Wigan Athletic – and Flitcroft could not hide his dismay at the figures in the report.

“I see Wigan from last season, the bottom five or six clubs in this league will have a budget that probably equates to what Wigan spend on agents.

“Portsmouth in League Two, £280,000 on agent fees in League Two, its obscene and it drives me mental. It drives me absolutely insane that the grassroots of football – schools football, county football – is on the decline and the facilities are an absolute joke in this country.

“It’s a mess – the whole system of facilities.

“We are trying to get a football nation back on track with winning football, but we can’t even get that money into grassroots so it’s a massive area of concern for me.”

Doncaster Rovers
Darren Ferguson is thought to be considering implementing his preferred 3-5-2 formation throughout all levels at Doncaster Rovers.

The former Peterbrough boss used the formation since his second game in charge and has seen an upturn in his side’s form.

Rovers’ under-16s coach John Buckley has been impressed with the Scot’s fledgling tenure at the Keepmoat and believes the system using wing-backs could soon become a template for all of Rovers’ age groups.

“He comes down and watches the under 16s, even in training sometimes.” Buckley said in his column for the Doncaster Free Press.

“He’s not there to pick fault with anyone.

“I feel perhaps he might want to implement his system at all levels, perhaps next summer.”

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