COX FLATTERED BY BLACKPOOL SPECULATION
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Cox flattered by media speculation
mansfieldtown.net, 27th May 2014
Boss discusses talk linking him with the current managerial vacancy at Blackpool.
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Manager Paul Cox admits he is flattered to be linked with the vacant managerial post at Blackpool, but insists he is fully-concentrated on being manager of Mansfield Town.
The Seasiders parted company with temporary-boss Barry Ferguson earlier this month, despite stringing together some good results in the latter weeks of the campaign to avoid relegation.
As a result, the Bloomfield Road-based outfit are now preparing for their fourth consecutive season in the Sky Bet Championship, but are still searching for a new manager.
Along with Cox, several other names have been linked to the managerial vacancy at Blackpool, including Jose Riga and Brian Flynn.
Our boss said: “It’s always nice to have speculation about you in a positive way, because I’ve been in football a long time. I know you’re only two or three games away from getting the sack in this business.
“So it’s nice to know that there seems to be people out there who think I’m doing a good job at Mansfield.
“I’m continuously trying to build the club, improve the infrastructure and make it a successful club for as long as I’m here.”
A full interview with Paul Cox from today’s press meeting will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe, click here.
Blackpool link is just speculation, says Stags boss Cox
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has dismissed stories linking him with a move to Championship club Blackpool as pure speculation.
Cox said no contact had been made with him or the club, though admitted it was flattering to be publicly linked with such a job after a story emerged on Sky Sports last week suggesting he was on the Seasiders’ short list.
“It was just speculation, that’s all, and I can’t stop that,” he said. “I am contracted to Mansfield Town and I am just getting on with my job until someone tells me otherwise.
“Myself and the chairman have a good relationship and I’d like to think if anyone made contact, the chairman would give me a call.
“It is always nice to have speculation about you in a positive way. I have been in this game a long time and I know you are always two or three games away from the sack in this business.
“So it is nice that there seems to be a few people out there who think I am doing a good job at Mansfield Town.
“I will continue to try to build the club and make it successful as long as I am here.”
Cox: More activity expected soon
Manager speaking to potential new signings and those players out of contract throughout this week.
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Manager Paul Cox insists he is working hard to assemble a squad capable of taking the club forward in Sky Bet League Two next season.
Yesterday, we unveiled Luke Jones as our first summer signing - the defender joining us on a free transfer, having opted to leave Stevenage earlier this month.
“It’s a really positive signing for us,” said Cox.
“Everybody that can remember the back end of [our championship-winning] season will know that [Luke] played in a number of games and helped us to get promoted.
“He went on and played a number of games, about 30-odd, in League One last year, but I’ve got a good relationship with the lad and kept in touch with him.”
“I was surprised to be able to capture him, but it’s a quality signing to the spine of our side.”
Meanwhile, Cox expects our out-of-contract players who have been offered new deals with the club to decide on their futures in the very near future.
He continued: “[Those players out of contract] have all gone away to have a little think.
“Obviously, they’re talking to other clubs - I’ve got a good relationship with them and they’ve told me that, but we’ll know something in the near future.
“It’s a part of the season when we know that we’re going to get some highs and we know that we’re going to get some lows, but come pre-season we hope to have a squad that can take us forward.”
Our manager has also re-iterated his desire to bring a goalscorer to the club, and believes it is a position that needs strengthening more than most others.
“It’s a goalscorer that every club is looking for,” added Cox.
“If you looked at our performances last year and where we finished, if we had somebody that could score you 15 or 20 goals, the table could have looked completely different.
“We want to improve. It was a big season for us last year and I think it’ll be a lot tougher this year. The league will be a lot stronger and we’ll have to work harder to improve our position from last season.”
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Stags trio could be tempted away
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox is still waiting on decisions by six of last year’s squad on new deals they have been offered to stay with the club.
But he admitted Lindon Meikle, Anthony Howell and Junior Daniel could be tempted by bigger and better offers from clubs higher up while Alan Marriott is still in negotiations and youngsters Jack Thomas and Liam Marsden are also yet to sign.
Cox, who made his first summer signing with the return of Luke Jones last night, said: “Talks are ongoing with Alan Marriott and the two young lads are mulling it over.
“I have sat down with Lindon Meikle, Anthony Howell and Junior Daniel. But they are free to talk to other clubs and I know all three are talking to some pretty big clubs at the moment.
“My hands are tied a bit with what I can do with them. I hope to know something by the end of the week, but I know that some of the clubs they are talking to are in a higher division and that is something I have got to accept.
“You have to be selfish in this game. It is a horrible, nasty business and players have to look after their own futures and families.”
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