MICKY MOORE OFFERED CONTRACT/4 YOUTH TEAM PROMOTED
12 June 2012
video interview with Paul Cox
Meanwhile, Cox revealed that four of Mansfield's youth players are set to sign professional deals.
Said Cox: “Things have to be finalised, but I'm looking to take four players into the first team next season.
“We want kids from our area coming through into the senior team. There's nothing better from the supporters' point of view than seeing players in the first team who are home grown.”
The club are likely to reveal the identity of the four players later next week
Youth must get hands dirty as they look to earn first-team shot at Mansfield Town
Monday, June 18, 2012 Nottingham Post
PAUL Cox wants to ensure all the youngsters at the club get their hands dirty to earn the right to pull on a Mansfield Town shirt.
The Stags are entering a reserve league next season to provide a path for promising youngsters to make the transition from youth football to first-team action.
And the manager wants them all to know if they work hard, show the right attitude and quality, their chance will come.
Cox has also told them they will need to muck in to become mentally strong, ensuring they do jobs like sweeping out the dressing rooms.
"It has to filter down from the top that we care about them," said Cox.
"That maybe had been missing a bit last year but everything was in its infancy.
"I want them to earn the right to play out there for us and they will be doing their jobs in and around the ground.
" I want them to come into this scenario knowing to break into the first team squad is a major achievement.
"That is a real positive and now I want to make sure kids are coming through.
"Mark (Hemingray) will do a fantastic job with them on the coaching field.
"I want them to understand that there is a hierarchy in football and to break into the reserves is a massive thing, then to break into the first team is huge.
"The reserve league will help and it will be a tough league, but the kids will be learning.
"Next year my job will be harder in terms of spreading myself over the whole club. I do not want to just hear about the performances, I want to be there monitoring them and giving my input to the kids.
"We have to grow and I do not want to take my foot off the pedal."