Taylor joins Red Devils

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.

The Wales Under-21 international will initially stay with the

Red Devils until March 31 and will be in the squad for Saturday’s

trip to Bury.

Reds boss Richie Barker is confident Taylor will bring something

different to his midfield.

He told the club’s official website: “What appeals to us is his


“He can play in any number of positions including up front or

just behind the striker and that is good for us at the moment

because we are a little bit light on numbers and have a lot of

games coming up.

“I have just spoken to him and he is really excited about the

next month. He will get opportunities and he wants to impress.”

The 21-year-old has had previous loan spells at Aldershot,

Exeter and Cheltenham.