Carole released by Shakers

Blackpool have taken MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie on loan
until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, who played under Alex Rae at Dundee and was
signed on a pre-contract agreement by Paul Ince at Dons back in
2010, will now go straight into the squad for the game against
Bristol City.

Meanwhile, Ince has revealed he is close to adding a new member
to his backroom staff.

“The person we are looking at is a very, very good coach,” he
told the
Blackpool Gazette.

“I like to do a bit of coaching myself, but mainly on a Thursday
and Friday – that’s when I come into my own.

“At the moment I don’t think the players have been coached

“Sometimes, when you manage, you see players making mistakes and
you ask them why? They tell you they haven’t been told what to

The 20-year-old has seen his chances limited at the KC Stadium
since Steve Bruce arrived in the summer.

He spent time with Burnley earlier in the season, but he now he
has been snapped up by Blackburn as they look to mount a late
charge towards the play-offs.

Stewart’s agent Peter Morrison of the James Grant Group,
confirmed that the deal had been concluded.

“He has signed a deal until the end of the season,” Morrison
told Sky Sports.

“This is a fantastic move and opportunity for him, to sign for a
massive club such as Blackburn.

“They have huge ambition and highly respected top young manager
and the chance for Cameron to be a part of that was too good an
opportunity for him to turn down.”

The Pilgrims have launched an initiative, titled ?BigForBarnet,
which has seen entrance prices slashed and a number of deals
introduced including free entry for children in a bid to pack out
the ground.

And Sheridan, whose side head into the game rock bottom of the
Football League, knows their form has to improve in front of their
own supporters having overseen just one home win since taking

“We need to be a lot better at home,” he said. “We need to be
courageous and brave and take charges. We need to be positive and
get on the ball.

“We’ve been very lethargic at home and we need to get a bit more
drive and endeavor.

“I don’t have to give a message to the fans because they’ve been
behind us from day one. I honestly can’t believe how good they’ve
been, for a team to be bottom of the league and get the support we
are getting is frightening.

The fans have been different class and we need to give them a
bit of hope and positivity.”

This compares with a deficit of ?53.9m made by the midlands club
for the previous 12 months.

Villa brought about this sizeable reduction despite a fall in
turnover of ?11.6m.

A 16th-placed finish in the Premier League, fewer live TV
matches, lower crowds and early exits from both domestic cup
competitions accounted for the turnover reduction.

The average league attendance fell from 37,220 in 2010-11 to

But operating expenses were reduced by ?20.3m to ?138.4m and
player trading resulted in increased profit by ?8.1m from ?18.8m to

Ashley Young and Stewart Downing were sold during this period
for a combined figure of around ?35m.

In addition chairman Randy Lerner waived interest on loans
totalling ?107.1m made by him to Villa, which created a one-time
benefit to the club of ?20.3m.

Villa’s chief financial officer, Robin Russell, said: “By
managing costs effectively, the club managed to cut losses by more
than half during a period which continued to be challenging
economically both globally and especially in the west midlands.

“In this respect, despite a disappointingly low performance
level on the pitch in the 2011-12 season, these financial results
represent a further step towards the club’s objective of long-term

“Having appointed Paul Lambert as manager in June 2012, he is
building a youthful, progressive first-team squad and we continue
to offer our season ticket holders and supporters in general some
of the cheapest ticket prices in the Premier League.

“Our objectives remain to compete strongly on the pitch and to
achieve sustainability as well as compliance with both UEFA’s and
the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play requirements.”

It is part of tournament regulations that competing teams must
make part of their pre-match session open to the media.

Almost always, that takes place at either the ground where the
game is being played, or on home soil prior to departure, as has
been the case with both United and City this season.

On Thursday it was confirmed that Real would remain in Spain for
their final preparations. However, those plans have now been

But instead of using Old Trafford as their training venue,
manager Jose Mourinho has chosen the Etihad Stadium instead.

No explanation has been offered for why Real are choosing to
train at City.

However, Mourinho, like Ferguson, is wary of his training
sessions being spied on, either by the media or those with
connections to his opponents.

And it seems the former Chelsea boss has decided it is safer to
train at City rather than United as they look to claim a
quarter-final berth following the 1-1 draw in Spain last month.

Real warmed up with a brilliant 3-1 win against Barcelona at the
Nou Camp on Tuesday and face the Catalans once more, this time on
home soil, in La Liga on Saturday.

The French winger has spent the last six months with the Shakers
after impressing manager Kevin Blackwell during a trial spell, but
he has only figured in five games – all as a substitute.

Carole began his career at Monaco, representing France at every
age group up to Under-19 level.