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4th June 2004 20:18

Curle interview on mansfieldtown.net

"It has been a difficult time this week with drawing up the retained list and letting players know where their futures lie and unfortunately not all them are at Mansfield Town.

"It has been harder this time around letting people go than when I first came here because I have had a full season with them and got to know them all better. I have great belief in the lads that I have had to release and have made the decision based with their best interest at heart. The young lads like Chris Beardsley, Craig Mitchell and Mark Hurst are promising players but sometimes as a player you have to take a step down to re-establish your career and hopefully one day we will see these players at Field Mill playing league football."

"I thought that as the days went by the pain I felt about not getting the promotion would go away in fact it has got worse as the days have gone by. But despite the disappointment I have a great feeling of pride as well. To be the manager of a club representing the town in such a great occasion is fantastic and I believe that the players gave a good account of themselves and that the supporters were as proud of the lads as I was."

"I don't believe that practising taking penalties can prepare you for the occasion. On Monday the occasion was massive. The biggest crowd that many of the players had been in front off, in a high pressure situation you can't recreate this on the training ground. Liam has been knocking penalties all season so there was some disappointment amongst the fans that he missed but remember only Liam is probably one the only ones with the bottle to try a chip in a high pressure situation, that is what this player is about and remember if it wasn't for Liam who has been outstanding all season we wouldn't have been in Cardiff in the first place."

"I have watched the game from start to finish and still believe that Larkin's goal should have stood and raise the question 'if this incident had occurred between the goal posts would the linesman have raised his flag for a goal – probably not! But, this has now passed and I must start rebuilding the team for next season's campaign. Some of the players that we have made offers to may not accept so there will be some new faces coming to Field Mill, but I am sure that will wear the Mansfield Town FC shirt with as much pride as the rest of the squad." He added.

For more details, visit http://www.mansfieldtown.net
Meanwhile Curle has stated on Mansfield 103.2's Sportstalk tonight that he has had no contact at all with Blackpool.


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