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16th March 2008 22:04

Paul Holland takes temporary charge
09 March 2008
mansfieldtown.net reports that following the mutual agreement to part company with Bill Dearden as our first team manager yesterday afternoon, we have placed Paul Holland in temporary charge of first team affairs ahead of Tuesday night's match against Hereford United.

Chief Executive Stephen Booth told mansfieldtown.net:"It was disappointing having to part company with Billy Dearden yesterday.However, yesterday's result was the final straw following a number of poor home results.Things had to change.
"I would like to place on record my thanks to Billy. He is a true gentleman and I wish him all the very best for the future.

"In the interim, Paul Holland is now acting manager and will be in charge versus Hereford on Tuesday night.Paul has my full backing.

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"I am meeting with Paul Holland tomorrow and have had lengthy discussions with him over the telephone.

"In the meantime, I am considering all options in terms of possible managers, going forward. This does not exclude Paul Holland.

"I am not going to be rushed into a premature decision. I am in discussions with a number of potential candidates but this decisions has to be the right one for Mansfield Town Football Club."

Mr Booth added: "It is now time for the team to start performing as we know they can do. They are capable of much more. I will be meeting with the whole squad on Tuesday."

Muggleton & Hollett are temporary assistants
Sun 09 Mar 2008
mansfieldtown.net reports Goalkeeper Carl Muggleton and youth coach Ivan Hollett will assist acting manager Paul Holland ahead of the Hereford home match on Tuesday.

The duo will assist acting manager Paul Holland temporarily.

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Buxton battle cry as skipper pays tribute to departing Stags boss
CHAD, by John Lomas
STAGS skipper Jake Buxton on Saturday night paid tribute to departed manager Billy Dearden on behalf of the team- and insisted the club can still avoid the drop.
He also said it didn't matter who came in as the new manager this week or what methods they employed just as long as the club stay up.

Dearden's 14-month third spell at the club came to an end after today's 4-0 home drubbing by Rochdale - Stags' eighth home defeat in nine games.

"What disappointed me most about Billy going today was the timing," said Buxton.

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"I know the game today and the performance of the lads was not good enough and that our recent home form has been poor.

"But away from home we have done really well so I don't think there was a lot wrong. Only some fine tuning was needed to turn it round.

"I don't know if it was the board or whoever is in charge - I don't know - who made this decision today, but it was disappointing.

"As a player and a fan you can see why they did it, though.

"All the gaffer can do is put out a side to do the business. And the side that went out there today was similar to the one that has done so well away from home.

"You can accept drawing 1-1 at home or even losing 1-0, but 4-0 is just not acceptable. It is obvious the fans are going to jump on your backs and shout abuse.

"But the result today was not Billy Dearden's fault. I will take responsibility for the players and my own performance."


Buxton, like Dearden, is stumped why home form has become so dire.

"A lot of it seems to be a mental thing with playing at home," he said. "It seems to be part of the character of the players.

"We did expect to pick up points today. But we didn't play with any passion, heat or desire. It was so disheartening and the fans chanted a lot of very bad things.

"Yet we enter every game the same, home or away. For some reason, though, we just can't seem to do it at home.

"I don't know if it is the pressure of playing in front of the home fans. Or is it that away from home we can sit back and soak up pressure and counter-attack while at home we have to show we can open teams up ourselves?

"But we have not created enough for Mickey Boulding, Jefferson Louis and Matty Hamshaw to score or provide.

"We don't score or create enough to win games. If that happens you should take 0-0. But we have not defended well in the last 10 games or so.

"Up to then I think we had the best defensive record in the bottom half. But we've been letting in two or three goals a game on average ever since."

Buxton admitted he and the players would miss Dearden.

"As a man-manager and a person, I don't think there is a much better bloke anywhere," he said.


"As a manager he has been a big part of Mansfield Town for a long time, going away and coming back.

"Last season people were calling for him to be brought back and he came in and covered the cracks and we survived, even with a bad run-in due to injuries."

Now Buxton and the players await news of who their new boss will be this week.

"I have heard names being mentioned and people talking about who they would like here," added Buxton

"I really don't mind who it is if he comes in here and can pick us up for five or six games so we put in the performances and take the points.

"If to do that he upsets a few players, tells people they can leave or changes things around, that's fine as all I want to see is Mansfield Town stay in this League. And I do believe we can do it.

"It doesn't matter if he just come in short term if he is the right man for that fixed period.

"We need him to come in, get us organised and, if the takeover happens, whoever has sacked Billy today will hopefully put their money where their mouth is and put money into this club for next season where I hope to be a part of it."


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