MURRAY ON DISRESPECTFUL NEWSPAPER REPORT
twitter, Monday 26 October 2015
FREEVIEW: Stags' boss furious with 'disrespectful' Football League paper report
Mansfield Town Football Club facebook page, Monday 26 October 2015
Following today's news conference at One Call Stadium, Chad, the local newspaper, with whom the club maintain an excellent working relationship, have apologised to the club and Adam Murray for the 'misleading' match report on Saturday's impressive 0-0 draw at high-flying Portsmouth.
For purposes of record, news agency Sports Beat, who had sent a freelance reporter to cover the game (whose report was used by the Footbal League paper and Chad) have also contacted the club's press office to apologise for the report.
Chad Sport apology to Mansfield Town and Adam Murray
by Sports Reporter, chad.co.uk, Monday 26 October 2015
Chad Sport would like to offer its apologies to Mansfield Town and manager Adam Murray for any offence caused by our match report on Saturday.
The report incorrectly cricitised Stags and Adam for the tactics used during the battling display, which secured a superb 0-0 draw at Portsmouth.
Our report was commissioned from a freelance supplier and WAS NOT written by a Chad reporter.
Chad Sport are fully behind Mansfield Town and the excellent work Adam Murray is doing in laying the foundations for what we all hope will be a successful play-off push.
We would like to assure everyone connected with the club that such misleading reports will not appear on the Chad Sport platform in future.
Weekly apologises to football manager over ‘disrespectful’ match report
holdthefrontpage.co.uk, by David Sharman, 28 Oct 2015
A weekly newspaper has apologised to a football manager after he slammed a “disgraceful” match report which “incorrectly criticised” his players.
The Mansfield Chad has published the apology to Mansfield Town FC and the team’s manager Adam Murray after admitting to running a “misleading” report, written by a freelancer, following a 0-0 draw at Portsmouth.
The apology comes after the Johnston Press-owned Chad recently decided to stop sending its own staff reporter to cover away fixtures.
While it is understood the decision was made partially to cut costs, among other contributing factors, JP says the Chad remains “committed” to covering the club.
The newspaper was one of several in the company’s North Midlands and South Yorkshire region to pilot its ‘newsroom of the future’ initiative, which sees journalists work across multiple titles within the same area.
The National Union of Journalists has described the incident as an “inevitability” as a result of the move.
The offending report appeared on the Chad’s website, and was later amended, while the same initial copy was also used in specialist publication the Football League Paper.
In an interview on Monday Mr Murray, pictured above left, described the report as “disrespectful” to his team.
The apology on the Chad’s website, published after the interview, reads: “Chad Sport would like to offer its apologies to Mansfield Town and manager Adam Murray for any offence caused by our match report on Saturday.
“The report incorrectly cricitised Stags and Adam for the tactics used during the battling display, which secured a superb 0-0 draw at Portsmouth.
“Our report was commissioned from a freelance supplier and WAS NOT written by a Chad reporter.
“Chad Sport are fully behind Mansfield Town and the excellent work Adam Murray is doing in laying the foundations for what we all hope will be a successful play-off push.
“We would like to assure everyone connected with the club that such misleading reports will not appear on the Chad Sport platform in future.”
The apology has been accepted by the club.
A spokesman for Mansfield Town FC told HTFP: “Following yesterday’s news conference at One Call Stadium, Chad, the local newspaper, with whom the club maintain an excellent working relationship, have apologised to the club and Adam Murray for the ‘misleading’ match report on Saturday’s impressive 0-0 draw at high-flying Portsmouth.
“For purposes of record, news agency Sports Beat, who had sent a freelance reporter to cover the game (whose report was used by the Football League paper and Chad) have also contacted the club’s press office to apologise for the report.”
Concerns had been raised about the Chad’s decision not to send a reporter to away games at a meeting of the NUJ’s Nottingham branch earlier this month.
Branch chair Diana Peasey said: “Sadly there is an inevitability in what has happened.
“When you keep cutting experienced staff, such as photographers, reporters and can’t stump up to pay for your own football correspondent what does that say about the enduring quality of the paper and its ability to survive.
“It’s a huge own goal and the paper should be red carded for it.”
A spokesman for Johnston Press said: “We are constantly looking for new ways of delivering the best possible all-round service to Chad sport fans.
“We remain committed to covering all Mansfield Town FC games, home and away, and consider our relationship with the club one of our biggest strengths.”
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update - two days later ...
Murray wants to stay at home in Emirates FA Cup
mansfieldtown.net, 26th October 2015
Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has stated his hopes of getting a home tie ahead of The Emirates FA Cup first round draw tonight.
Stags will be ball number 25 for the draw, scheduled for 7pm tonight on BBC Two, and after travelling over 400 miles for the recent trips to Portsmouth and Yeovil, Murray wants a home fixture when the names are drawn out of the hat later on.
Speaking in this morning’s news conference, he said: “We want to have a good run for the atmosphere it can create, we want to keep a winning momentum. In terms of who we get tonight, I’m not interested.
“Whoever it is, we’re going into every game knowing that we can earn the right to win and we do that by the work in training. I keep saying this season is consistency versus complacency and as long as consistency wins it doesn’t matter who we come up against, we’ll give a good account of ourselves.
“Even if you come up against a lower ranked team, the tactical test is brilliant because sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get.
“As soon as we think we deserve to be in the top group and get carried away with it, then it bites you on your backside. Nobody owes us anything, we fight and we scrap for everything. We are a complete unit at the minute.”
Reflecting on Saturday's display on the South Coast when the Yellows earned a hard-fought point, Murray was pleased with the strength in character his squad showed to perform well in a tough seven days.
The boss added: "[It was a] hectic week. We weren't really in the office or in the ground last week so it was a bit strange. I was driving in this morning and I feel like I've been on holiday. It's good to be back
home after getting some good points on the board.
"We went into two different challenges. Tuesday we used to release our frustration from Bristol [Rovers] and then we recovered and set up to put something on the board against Portsmouth. I thought the boys were outstanding."
With many of Sunday morning's headlines citing that Portsmouth had dominated the encounter, Murray was eager to dispel the myth and recognise the efforts his players went to more than match their opponents, managed by Paul Cook.
"We controlled the game out of possession which is something people who don't go to the game don't see, and that was summed up in the report I read. We limited them to going side-to-side for the majority of the game and we looked a threat on the counter-attack.
"It's no coincidence when you speak to their manager, who for me is the best in the league, after the game he said 'we were very wary of you'. He classed us as one of the best teams they've played so I'll take the points from people who know what they're talking about.
"When you go away to a team like that (Portsmouth) your chances will be limited, whether you're at the top of the league or the bottom of the league. We weren't as good as we should've been in possession, we had opportunities where we could've hurt them more."
"We've played the top three now and none of them have beaten us.
“We’re up against the big boys, let’s not kid ourselves, let’s not get carried away. We’re fighting tooth and nail and these boys can’t give any more than they’re giving. The next step will be going to these clubs and nicking 1-0’s. It was a pleasure to watch my team.”
Murray’s men picked up two consecutive clean sheets on the back of their last-minute heartbreak against Bristol Rovers, which is something Murray was satisfied to see with this weekend’s One Call Stadium match against Wycombe Wanderers firmly in his sights.
He commented: “Credit not only to the back four and Brian [Jensen] - it’s a credit to the whole team. It’s nice to get a free week again - recovery will be a big part so the lads are having more of a chilled, recovery day today. We go back into double sessions tomorrow preparing for a massive test on Saturday.”
FA Cup run can help maintain momentum, says Stags boss Adam Murray
chad.co.uk, Monday 26 October 2015
Mansfield Town want a good run in the FA Cup to help maintain momentum built up in the league.
Stags boss Adam Murray is looking forward to tonight’s first round draw (BBC 2 from 7pm) and is hopeful of a home tie for the fans to get excited about.
But he isn’t worried about who the opposition will be and instead reiterated the need for his side to remain consistent, regardless of the competition.
Murray said: “We want to have a good run. This is one cup, for the history of it and the atmosphere it can create, we want to keep a winning momentum so this is one we’re looking forward to. It’s always nice to get a home tie.
“We go in to every game respecting the right to win and working towards that, on the training ground, not getting complacent. This season is consistency versus complacency and as long as consistency wins it doesn’t matter who we come up against.
“We’ll give a good account of ourselves. As soon as complacency creeps in, not just in the players but the people around the ground, as soon as we think we deserve to be in the top group it’ll come back to bite us on our arse.
“No-one owes us anything in this game. We fight and we scrap for everything and that’s what we did on Saturday. The fans gave us incredible support, we are a complete unit at the minute.”
Mansfield Town are ball number 25 in tonight’s Emirates FA Cup first round draw.
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