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4th December 2014 20:19

Moore backing Murray to be a managerial success, but no decision yet from caretaker
chad.co.uk, 01/12/2014

Mansfield Town first team coach Micky Moore is backing caretaker boss Adam Murray to be a successful manager when he takes the plunge full-time.


But there has still been no word from Murray as to whether he will throw his hat into the ring for tomorrow’s interviews when chairman John Radford already has six candidates lined up to speak to.

Murray has done well in his first week in charge, winning two of the three games and coaching the players into a new, more attractive, style of football then under Paul Cox.

But, despite his ambitions to go into management, Murray is torn over the decision as he is worried he may be retiring from playing too early at 33.

“Adam definitely has great potential to be a manager,” said Moore. “The players all want to play for him.

“He talks to players and he knows how to hit the right buttons with players. Sometimes they need an arm around them and some just need a poke in the right direction.

“He is very methodical in what he wants to do. Adam is a real student of the game and he wants to listen and learn.

“If the time is right now or in the future, I think Adam can potentially go on and be a very good manager.”

However, Moore said Murray had still not made a decision about tomorrow yet to their knowledge.

“The only conversation we’ve had at this stage was right at the beginning when Adam said he wanted to concentrate on the next seven days,” added Moore.

“He wanted to get over the Luton game and them discuss it with his family and people close to him.

“He will have done that over the weekend and we have a meeting later today. So I don’t know if we will learn anything then. He has just gone out to look at our training ground.

“I have not been in a position to ask him the question. I imagine it is a big decision for him. It has been a frantic week for Adam and a difficult time.

“He has needed some time to reflect. I am sure whatever decision he makes it will be the best one for not only himself but also the football club. Everyone knows how he feels about this club and what he has done over a number of years.

“First and foremost, he was thrown in at the deep end. Sometimes you get an inkling of what’s going to happen. But it all happened within a few hours.

“Adam had his coaching badges and it’s something he wants to go into.

“I know he got great reward from seeing some of the things he wants to do carried out by the players this week and we won two games before losing on Saturday, though the performance wasn’t that bad.”

The club are remaining tight-lipped on the candidates, but the bookies have Murray down as favourite to land the job, should he apply, and other top candidates include Colin Calderwood, James Beattie, Nigel Worthington, Shaun O’Driscoll and Ronnie Moore.

Darren Edmondson is also up there but has this week publicly said he doesn’t want to leave Barrow while Chad understands that former Doncaster boss Dave Penney, a friend of chairman Radford, is not among the interviewees.

Along with Calderwood, other ex-Stags said to be in the running are Aidy Boothroyd, Ian Baraclough and Ritchie Barker though it’s not clear if the latter trio have made the final six.

One man definitely not in the race is Micky Moore, the Stags coach adding: “I have been a manager or assistant manager for the last 10 years and, right here right now, it’s not something that interests me.

“I am very happy in the role I do and I am very happy to help Adam in his role as caretaker. I am very content doing what I am doing.”


Strong candidates as Radford makes his mind up on new Stags boss
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, 02 December 2014

Mansfield Town supporters could learn the name of the club’s new manager as early as tomorrow.


A veil of secrecy lay over the candidates being interviewed today by chairman John Radford at a hotel location on the way to Nottingham.

Radford confirmed at the weekend that he had six strong candidates, which may have grown to seven if current caretaker Adam Murray threw his hat into the ring at the last minute this morning.

Murray was still undecided last night and kept his decision to himself this morning, but he remained the bookies’ favourite should he go for it.

Otherwise, leading the way for the bookies are former Stags international defender Colin Calderwood, ex-Stags midfielder Ian Baraclough, ex-Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws, former Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock, and former Accrington manager James Beattie.

Other names rumoured to be in the frame to replace Paul Cox are Sean O’Driscoll and Ronnie Moore.


Kenny Burns: It's a big week for Mansfield Town
Nottingham Post, December 01, 2014

IT LOOKS like being a big week for Mansfield Town, as they look set to appoint a new manager.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Kenny-Burns-s-big-week-Mansfield-Town/story-24953468-detail/story.html#ixzz3KesIoW00

Club owner John Radford certainly got it right when he gave the top job to Paul Cox three-and-a-half years ago because he went on to lead the club back into the Football League.

And it's critical he makes the correct call this time now Cox has gone by bringing in someone who can keep the club in League Two this season, with them currently down in 18th place, and then move it forward in the future.

I've heard Ilkeston FC manager Kevin Wilson (pictured) is in for the job, and I think he would be a good move for Radford.

He's got lots of experience as a manager, having started at Northampton Town in 1999.

He's done a great job at the Robins in the last few years in my book, not only winning a promotion but also unearthing talented young players like Che Adams, who has just left the New Manor Ground for Sheffield United.

It will be interesting to see if caretaker boss Adam Murray gets the nod.

He's already led the Stags to two wins since he took temporary charge in the wake of Cox's exit, against Plymouth in the league and non-league Concord Rangers in the FA Cup.

I know they lost 3-0 at Luton Town on Saturday, but I don't think that should put him off going for it or Radford considering him for the job, if he does.

Murray has said he would like former Mansfield boss Billy Dearden to join his backroom team if he gets the job on a full-time basis and that could work well, in the same way Shaun Derry has Greg Abbott by his side at Notts County in his first job in management.

Look what they have achieved at Meadow Lane.



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