MURRAY ON KEEPER/BLAIR/JONES, PRE-SEASON NEXT WEEK
Gaffer discusses ‘keeper speculation
mansfieldtown.net, 22nd June 2015
Boss won’t be rushed in search for right shot-stopper.
Manager Adam Murray insists that he is close to completing a deal to bring a new goalkeeper to One Call Stadium, but admits he won’t be rushed into making any decisions.
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Our boss, who was speaking at today’s press meeting, confirmed that he has spoken to a number of targets who could fill the vacant position over the past few weeks, but wants to make sure that he gets the right ‘keeper.
Murray is looking for some vital attributes - experience, know-how and being a commanding presence.
On the search for a goalkeeper, our boss said: “We’ll finally see one walk through the door when I feel that it’s the right person, the right character and the right footballer to wear the jersey.
“It’s [a position] where we’re putting a lot of effort into. We’re speaking to a number of goalkeepers that we feel fit the bill. Obviously, there are names being banded around of who it could be and I’d be lying if I said that we hadn’t spoken to probably all of the names mentioned.
“It’s one where we’re looking for experience, someone who has achieved in their career, someone with a presence - not just out on the pitch, but in the changing room too. It’s an area where we’re looking to bring somebody in who we know we’re going to be able to rely on and have ‘been there and done it’.
“We’re a fairly young team. At the minute I think our average age is around 23 or 24, so you need that rock between the sticks and somebody who demands standards and has been in a winning environment.
“We’re close [to completing the signing], but for me personally, I want to make sure that we’re 100% with this one.”
Reviewing our transfer business so far, Murray continued: “I think up to now we’ve been very shrewd in our dealings. From the outset, as staff we sat down with the board and chairman and we knew what route we wanted to go down. We spoke earlier on in the summer about our recruitment process and we’ve stuck to that.
“We’ve gone out there and got experience, potential and people that know the league and we’ve got a really good balance. As it stands today, I’m ‘over the moon’ with what we’ve got in the building.”
Keeperless Mansfield Town closing in on ‘rock between the sticks’
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Monday 22 June 2015
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray feels he is closing in on his ‘rock between the sticks’ as the club remain without a goalkeeper just one week away from returning for pre-season.
Murray is hopeful he may even be able to tie up a deal tomorrow, along with possibly another defender.
On that vacant keeper’s jersey, he said: “Considering we’ve got none, it’s up there on the list. It was always a big priority from day one.
“You will see someone walk through the door when I feel it’s the right person, the right character and the right footballer to wear the jersey.
“We are close. I just need to make 100 per cent sure in my head it’s the right one.
“It’s a position I don’t think we’ve filled over the last 12 months. Since Alan Marriott left, we’ve had no one that has carried the jersey well enough over a season to take us forward.
“We have put a lot of effort into it and spoken to a number of goalkeepers that fit the bill. I have heard many names banded about and I would be lying if I said we haven’t probably spoken to all the names mentioned.
“We are looking for experience. Someone that’s achieved in their career. Someone with a presence, not just out on the pitch but in the changing room.
“We want someone that we’d be able to rely on, who has been there and done it for what is a fairly young team here now with an average age of 23/24. You need that rock between the sticks and someone that demands standards and has been in a winning environment.”
He added: “Up to now we have been very shrewd in our dealings. From the outset we sat down as a staff with the board and the chairman and we knew what route we wanted to go down.
“We spoke early on in the summer about our recruitment process and we have stuck to that.
“We have gone out there and got experience, potential and people that know the league.
“We’ve got a really good balance as is stands and I am over the moon with what we’ve brought into the building.
“We are not far away squad-wise now. We probably just need to secure a bit more in defensive areas.
“There may be one or two trialists coming in during pre-season, but I don’t want too many as it’s a time we need to spend together as a group to create team spirit and bonding.”
New-look Mansfield Town squad to start pre-season with residential week at Brooksby College
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Monday 22 June 2015
Mansfield Town’s new-look squad will begin the first week of pre-season training from next Monday building team spirit by living in at Melton’s Mowbray’s Brooksby Melton College.
Stags have linked up with the specialist independent college and their superb facilities this season and boss Adam Murray is keen to start to implement his exciting plans for the new season.
“We are fortunate enough that we have got Brooksby College helping us out with the first week of pre-season where we will be residential down there,” he said.
“The boys will be put through their paces, but it will also be about team spirit and team ethic, putting everyone into the same environment and making them make friends.
“There will be a few things introduced that are a bit outside the box. There will be a lot of exercises that involve team building and team structure and, obviously, there will be a massive fitness element to it.
“There will also be a big technical, tactical part as we are introducing a new philosophy and a new style of play. It will be a new culture to the club so we need to get the work in as soon as possible.”
He added: “The feeling around the club at the minute is very exciting. There is an anticipation and we want to make sure we get every little detail into the boys as quickly as we can.
“With such a good young group of players coming in, we don’t want to block any alleyways up by bringing players in we don’t feel can affect it. We feel that the balance is right to help the youngsters grow.”
Mansfield Town still hoping Junior Brown will stay
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas
Mansfield Town are still hoping they can strike a deal with winger Junior Brown to stay with the squad.
Brown has expressed an interest in staying and now it is just down to agreeing the finer details of any potential deal.
Manager Adam Murray said: “Junior is still in talks with us. It’s just a case of me getting the deal I think is right for the club and Junior getting the deal he thinks is right for him.
“If we can come to an agreement on that, great, If we can’t then we will both move on.
“But he is not someone who is actively looking for another club. He wants to be a part of this. To be fair he’s had a couple of holidays so it’s not one we’ve been doing at a tremendous pace. It’s been quite a slow process.
“We are having constant dialogue with him and his representatives and if the deal is right for both parties then it will be done.”
Stags are still playing a waiting game on the fitness of long-term injured duo Luke Jones and Matty Blair.
“With Luke and Matty nothing has changed,” added Murray. “Both are continuing with their rehabilitation programme and we need to get to a certain census with both of them before we decide where we are going with them.
“I have to make sure that the negotiations and the contracts protect the club and get the best deals for the boys. That will done a few weeks down the line when we know where they are physically and their expected date back into the first team set-up.”
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