Coleman hopes to keep Mullin
John Coleman wants striker Paul Mullin to stay at the club despite placing him on the transfer list.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 10/06/09 6:23pm
Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman wants striker Paul Mullin to stay at the club despite slapping him on the transfer list.
The League Two club can start to look ahead to next season after a winding-up petition against them was adjourned after Stanley officials put forward a proposal where the club would pay off the £300,000 unpaid tax bill in instalments over the next 12 months.
However, Coleman has been forced to place Mullin on the transfer list in a bid to lower the wage bill to ensure the club runs smoothly financially.
The 35-year-old spent the last two months of the season on loan at Bradford and although the frontman is reaching the end of his career Coleman is hoping he can hold on to the veteran.
"The only reason we are hoping to move Paul on is to free up some funds in the wage kitty because in my opinion he is the best target man in the division," he told Skysports.com.
"He is 35-years-old and sometimes that can raise a few eyebrows, but many forget that he hasn't been a pro for that amount of time.
"He's got better with age and he hasn't had the tolls of training everyday for 20 odd years. I feel he is the best target man in the league, maybe he could score a few more goals, but you can't have everything.
"We don't want him to go, but it is case of his wages being a burden to us.
"We've had one or two in terms of enquiries for him, but I expect that to pick up a little in the next month or so.
"He is someone that I wouldn't want to lose, but that could be taken out of my hands."
Despite the possibility of losing Mullin Coleman is confident that the majority of his squad will remain despite many facing the prospect of a wage cut.
"I'd like to keep most of the players on board for next season and I have spoken to all bar two of the current squad about extending their stay," he added.
"But we are in a situation where we have to re-structure the wage system in place here.
"That could mean taking a cut in their basic wages and getting a little extra in appearance money instead but we have agreed a couple of deals already with the players."