Oldham defender Neal Eardley will miss their match with the Bulls on October 12th after he was called into the Wales under 21 squad for their match with England. They have also been told to pay Bury an initial £30,000 for youngster Dale Stephens by a tribunal. Clauses will take the fee up to £95,000 dependent on appearances, with a 20% sell-on. Cheltenham defender Jerry Gill is expected to be named as Forest Green's new player-coach over the next few days.
Ex-Bull Stuart Watkiss will not get the manager's job at Grimsby after the club shortlisted eight applicants, announcing that the new appointment would be from outside the club. His opening game on Saturday was described as 'The worst game of football I've seen' in the local press. Crewe have denied reports linking them with a loan move for former player Robbie Savage. Port Vale have declared an interest but are unable to contribute to his £25,000 a week wages.
Peterboro have changed captains, handing the armband to Russell Martin after Craig Morgan's form dipped when he was handed the captaincy in the summer. Histon are reported to be the latest club in financial troubles. Reports suggest they lost £250,000 last season on only £400,000 turnover and are considering calling in the Administrators after gates fell 25% and sponsors pulled out.