KIERAN CHARNOCK: Move to Morecambe about to be made permanent Pinnacle
THE JANUARY transfer merry-go-round has already started turning at Plainmoor, with Torquay United defender Kieran Charnock poised to complete a permanent move to League Two rivals Morecambe.
Charnock has been on loan with the Shrimps for the last month.
United, who paid Peterborough £10,000 for the 26-year-old centre-back in the summer of 2009, will receive an "undisclosed" fee.
The transfer has been expected, because Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy had wanted the former Wigan and Northwich Victoria player for some time, and his loan was always with a view to a permanent move.
Charnock made 28 starting appearances (2 subs) last season.
But his chances at Plainmoor appeared to be threatened when Gulls manager Paul Buckle signed Guy Branston, at first on loan and then permanently in the close-season.
Charnock made only three starts (3 subs) this season, the last in the 1-0 FA Cup win at Mansfield on November 6, when Branston was injured.
Neither club has announced the fee for Charnock's move, but it is unlikely to be more than the £10,000 that United paid for him.
Gulls fans will be hoping that leading scorer Elliot Benyon doesn't follow Charnock out of Plainmoor, at least in the near future.
And the fact that this Saturday is taken up with a home FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United should help to ensure that Benyon stays at least that long.
Although he was suspended for the 1-0 Second Round win over Walsall, Benyon scored the winner in the 1-0 First Round victory at Mansfield and can't appear for anyone else in the competition this season.
Meanwhile, United have confirmed now that both their last two home games this season will be played on Fridays.
Following the switch of the Wycombe Wanderers match to Good Friday, April 22 (3pm), the visit of Chesterfield has now been advanced to Friday night, April 29 (7.45pm).
That Friday is a public holiday, for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, and the move also avoids a clash with the Exeter City-v-Plymouth Argyle derby at St. James' Park on the Saturday.
STOCKPORT COUNTY have become the fourth League Two club to sack their manager this season.
Paul Simpson was dismissed yesterday in the wake of the Hatters' 2-0 home defeat by Morecambe on Monday.
But Peter Taylor is staying at improving Bradford City, after turning down an offer to become Alan Pardew's No.2 at Newcastle.
PLYMOUTH Argyle are raising their ticket prices by 50p after the Government's VAT increase from 17½ to 20 per cent.