RETAINED LIST: SMITH & WORTHINGTON RELEASED
Cox confirms retained list
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 22 May 2012 5pm
Paul Cox has offered ten of his out-of-contract players new deals whilst six players have today been released from One Call Stadium.
Said manager Paul Cox: "We need a nucleus of the players who helped secure us third place last season, and we want to build with quality additions also."
He added: "It's always a tough time of year, having to lose certain players, and we wish those players all the best for the future."
Offered new contracts:
Andy Todd (as player-coach)
Under contract for 2012-13:
Not offered contracts:
Meanwhile, Rhys Day has retired from football whilst Exodus Geohaghon and Danny Andrew returned to parent clubs Darlington and Cheltenham Town respectively at the end of last season following their loan spells with us
Seven players agree to sign
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 22 May 2012 5.20pm
Seven of our first team players have agreed new deals for next season.
Goalkeeper Alan Marriott along with Ritchie Sutton, Anthony Howell, Lindon Meikle, Ross Dyer, Ben Hutchinson and Matt Rhead have all agreed one year contracts.
Manager Paul Cox said: "I am really chuffed that the nucleus of the squad, who were part of the team which helped us to third place last season, have agreed to their new deals."
Earlier today, Cox announced that ten out-of-contract players had been offered new contracts, whilst six players have been released from the One Call Stadium
Stags allow six to leave One Call Stadium
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Nottingham Post
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has offered new deals to ten of his out-of-contract players.
But six players have ben allowed to leave the One Call Stadium after the Stags missed out on promotion to the Football League in the play-off semi-finals.
Cox, who was yesterday named Blue Square Bet Premier manager of the month for April, said: "We need a nucleus of the players who helped us secure third place last season and we want to build with quality additions also.
"It's always a tough time of year having to lose certain players and we wish those players all the best for the future."
The ten players offered new contracts are Ross Dyer, Anthony Howell, Ben Hutchinson, Alan Marriott, Lindon Meikle, Luke O'Neill, Matt Rhead, Martin Riley, Ritchie Sutton and player-coach Andy Todd.
Players under contract already for next season are Paul Bolland, Louis Briscoe, top scorer Matt Green, skipper Adam Murray, Gary Roberts, Lee Stevenson and John Thompson.
The six to leave are Matt Bell, Sam Craven, Joe Kendrick, Danny Mitchley, Adam Smith and Jon Worthington.
Exodus Geohaghon and Danny Andrew, who were both on loan, have returned to their parent clubs, while Rhys Day has retired through injury.
"Our hunger has to be the priority next season," added Cox.
"I do not want players to think they have arrived. The players I have at the club now, if they think they have arrived, won't be here long because I want to move forward."
Alan Marriott is one of seven re-signed by Mansfield Town
Mansfield Town have re-signed seven players on one-year deals next season.
Goalkeeper Alan Marriott, 34, defender Ritchie Sutton, 26, midfielders Anthony Howell, 25, Ross Dyer, 24, and Lindon Meikle, 24, and strikers Matt Rhead, 27, Ben Hutchinson, 24, are staying.
The Stags have also offered one-year deals to player-coach Andy Todd, 33, defenders Luke O'Neill, 20, and Martin Riley, 23.
Boss Paul Cox said he was "chuffed" the nucleus of the squad were staying.
O'Neill has been the subject of a bid from Championship side Burnley and is expected to be on the move at some point during the summer.
The Stags finished third in the Blue Square Premier this season, but were beaten by York City in the two-legged play-off semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the Stags have released Matt Bell, Sam Craven, Joe Kendrick, Danny Mitchley, Adam Smith and Jon Worthington
Analysis: After scoring just once in 12 games since arriving in January, Ben Hutchinson's new deal is perhaps the biggest surprise, but it represents a big opportunity for a man with obvious talent who was playing in the Champions League with Celtic not so long ago. He now has time to settle and impress. The news that Luke O'Neill hasn't yet signed is no great shock - and with bigger clubs interested, you can expect to see him playing somewhere in the Football League next season. BBC Radio Nottingham's David Jackson
Six Stags shown the door
Wednesday 23 May 2012
MANSFIELD Town manager Paul Cox has shown six players the door as he began to plan for next season.
Biggest names to go were winger Adam Smith and midfield veteran Jon Worthington, who both failed to command a regular place this season.
There were no surprises on the list with the other four, Matt Bell, Sam Craven, Joe Kendrick and Danny Mitchley, all ending the season out on loan elsewhere.
Ross Dyer, Anthony Howell, Ben Hutchinson, Alan Marriott, Lindon Meikle, Matt Rhead, and Ritchie Sutton have all agreed to sign new deals while Martin Riley, player-coach Andy Todd and Luke O'Neill were reviewing the deals offered to them at close of play last night.
Already under contract for 2012-13 are Paul Bolland, Louis Briscoe, Matt Green, Adam Murray, Gary Roberts, Lee Stevenson and John Thompson.
Keeper Shane Redmond is away on holiday and will hold talks on his return
Next season will be the hardest test, says Mansfield Town manager
Friday, May 25, 2012 Nottingham Post
PAUL Cox said reaching the play-offs last season was just the easy part for Mansfield Town.
Now, as he eyes the next campaign, he believes his second season as manager of the Stags will be the toughest part as they look to win promotion back into the Football League.
A third place finish in the Blue Square Bet Premier on 89 points – 27 more than in any of the three previous seasons at the same level – was viewed by many as a success.
But after suffering defeat to York in the play-off semi-finals, Cox was hurting badly.
Following time to reflect, he is already looking to build for next season with not only the first team, but by overseeing an infrastructure to help bring young players through.
And he said there has to be an hunger in every single player he signs and who stays at the One Call Stadium, otherwise they will not last long in his plans.
"Our hunger has to be the priority next season," said Cox, who was yesterday named the division's manager of the month for April. "I do not want players to think they have arrived. The players I have at the club now, if they think they have arrived, they won't be here long because I want to move forward.
"I think we did the easy part last season. Next season could see us revert back to previous years if we lose focus. I am aware of what we did last season but as far as I am concerned, it is just chip paper. We did not win a thing.
"We finished third and people might say we had a half decent season but I feel last season was when we laid strong foundations but that means nothing unless we build on them.
"The first team needs to hit the ground running, winning consistently and if we do that, I'll be happy. Next season is the big one. It will be a hard job to better third place because of the sides in the league, the quality that is there.
"But that has to be the aim and the players I bring in, the players I keep, are the ones who will hopefully show we can do that."
twitter.com/Mazza_78 (Alan Marriott)
Really pleased to finally have sorted contract out!! Can keep bank manager off my bank for another year!! 17th pre season here we come!