Barnet v Cheltenham preview
Ross County are believed to have rejected an initial approach
from Premier League rivals Aberdeen for boss Derek Adams according
to media reports in Scotland.
The Dons made their first move for the highly-rated County
manager earlier this week, as they look for a replacement for Craig
It is believed the Staggies have rebuffed the initial approach,
but the club expects Aberdeen to make further enquiries for Adams –
who played for both teams.
Brown announced last week he would be retiring at the end of the
current season to take up a position on the Aberdeen board.
Adams still has a year left on his contract with Ross County and
Aberdeen will have to pay substantial compensation in order to get
their main target.
But Adams has impressed in his two spells at Victoria Park,
broken when he left to become Colin Calderwood’s assistant at
Hibernian in November 2011.
The previous May he led County to the Scottish Cup final, where
they lost to Dundee United, and his team could still finish second
in the league this season – their first in the top flight.
Barnet will again be without player-boss Edgar Davids.
The veteran Dutchman completes a two-match ban after his
sending-off against Accrington last weekend, his second red card of
Davids hopes to be able to welcome back fellow midfielder Ross
Jenkins and top scorer Jake Hyde after they also missed Tuesday
night’s 2-0 win over Fleetwood through illness.
On-loan MK Dons defender Tom Flanagan should keep his place
after making his full debut in midweek.
Steve Kabba remains sidelined by a knee problem and Ricky Holmes
is out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, but fellow
forward Craig Beattie is pushing for a start after recently
recovering from a hamstring injury.
Cheltenham midfielder Jason Taylor is pushing for a recall to
the side after missing the victory over Rotherham.
The former Miller sat out the emphatic 3-0 win due to a
gentleman’s agreement with the club he left in the January transfer
window but he will hope to be involved against the Bees.
Midfielder Sam Deering is set to start again as he prepares to
return to Underhill for the first time since leaving the club last
And defender Michael Hector is set to partner Steve Elliott at
the heart of the Robins defence once more despite being one yellow
card away from a two-match suspension.
Mark Yates’ men head into the match just two points off the
automatic promotion places in League Two.