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20th April 2012 15:16

VIDEO: Cox on new contract
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 12 Apr 2012

Boss Paul Cox speaks to the press after agreeing to sign a new two year deal with us.


Cox arrived from Eastwood Town last summer and since taking charge has guided us to third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier as we close in on a play-off place.

Cox said: "We have laid some good foundations this year, but we need to build on that, hopefully in the Football League.

"We have done well this season, but we have not achieved anything yet, it is still early days in terms of what we want to do.

"The commitment that I am giving to the club and the commitment that the club is giving me is positive. We want to build on what we have done this season and to do that I thought two years was an adequate time scale."

Cox has spoken of how important Chairman John Radford has been in backing his vision and allowing him to implement his plans and push for promotion back to the Football League.

He said: "I have got a good relationship with the Chairman, we had real positive talks last night as to where he wants to take the club and more than anything I'm enjoying my football.

"One of the strong foundations of any club is that the man that owns the club and the manager have got a good relationship, my relationship with John is excellent.

"We want to make the club successful again and to be winners."

We travel to Hayes & Yeading on Saturday, knowing that a win will be enough to see us clinch a place in the play-offs and Cox has warned against complacency.

He said: "They [Hayes & Yeading] are fighting for their lives and are a very hard side to play against as we saw at the home game.

"It is going to be a tough game for us, but if we show the mental toughness we have done since Christmas there is no reason why we cannot go down there and get a positive result."

Cox also added that Adam Murray is a doubt for Saturday's trip to the Kingfield Stadium with an ankle injury that has kept the skipper out of training.

He said: "He might have a chance for Saturday, but we have got to make sure that he's 100% and we are not pushing him too hard. He has been having injections in his ankle before every game and he has been running through a brick wall for us in a lot of pain."

Video: Dave Rhodes (Mansfield 103.2) and John Lomas (Chad) are asking the question


Stags manager Cox agrees to new two-year deal
chad.co.uk, Thursday 12 April 2012

AFTER much speculation over his future in recent weeks, Stags boss Paul Cox gave the club a massive boost today when he announced he had agreed to sign a new two-year contract after talks with chairman John Radford last night.


Cox, who has taken the club to within two points of the play-offs at the first attempt, was recently linked with a move to Burton Albion and other League clubs were also said to be showing an interest.

But Cox today said: “I had a very positive meeting with the chairman last night and I have agreed to a new two-year deal.

“We just need to dot a few I's and cross a few T's and the chairman is out the country again today. But I expect to sign it very soon.

“I have a good relationship with the chairman and he is really positive about where he wants to take the club. More than anything I am enjoying it and I am working for a man I respect and like.

“There is a lack of loyalty in football and it is sometimes frowned upon. But that's how I am as a person. I was the same at Eastwood.

“The chairman wants me to grab hold of the club and take it in a positive direction.

“I am hoping the players take it as a positive. I felt it was important to sort this at this stage of the season for my sanity. Something needed to be done and nailed down.

He added: “We have not spoken about playing budgets. I will sit down with the chairman when the times comes to talk about figures. But I know he is very competitive and he wants to win.

“I believe he will give me a wage bill, whatever league we are in next season, that will be competitive and help us to achieve what we want to achieve.

“Obviously I want to win this league. You need the wage bill of Crawley and Fleetwood to win it. Fleetwood's wage bill would make them competitive in the league above.

“Although we are third now, it feels like a failure to me as we won't finish champions. That is what I always crave and I hope the players are now starting to understand what it takes to be champions.

“We have laid some good foundations here to build on. Now the scenario is we need to improve certain things to progress.

“I want more kids coming through to the first team and I am looking for a reserve side next year.

“The building blocks we have made with the fans here have been absolutely immense. They have been out of this world. There have been certain games this season when they have given us the patience we have craved.”

Stags head for Hayes & Yeading on Saturday, needing just two points be be sure of fifth place and the play-offs, while Hayes are now four points off safety in the drop zone.

But Cox warned against complacency, saying: “They are fighting for their lives and are a very hard side to play against as we saw at home.

“They are very fluid in when they attack you, they throw bodies at you. We have to be on our mettle.

“If we win on Saturday then we are mathematically in the play-offs and if we show the mental toughness we have shown since Christmas, there is no reason why we can't get a positive result.”


Mansfield Town boss sets sights high after agreeing new deal
Friday, April 13, 2012, Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is eyeing the Football League and beyond after agreeing a two-year contract extension with the club.


Cox took the reins at Mansfield last May, after a successful spell as manager of Eastwood Town.

He penned a one-year contract and has since led the Stags to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier, on 80 points with three games remaining.

They should mathematically make certain of their play-off place when they visit Hayes and Yeading tomorrow.

It has led to a new deal being agreed until 2014 and Cox said after meeting with chairman John Radford on Wednesday night he is positive about the future at the One Call Stadium.

He said: "Hopefully we will be in the Football League and pushing for the next league above (by the end of the contract extension).

"Before then there is going to be a lot of hard work and planning, but we have laid some good foundations here and we need to build on that.

"We have done well this season, but we have not achieved anything yet and having sat down with the chairman, the commitment I am giving the club and the commitment the club is giving me is positive.

"We want to build on what we have done and I thought a two-year contract was an adequate one."


Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox agrees two-year contract extension
Thursday, April 12, 2012, Nottingham PostSport

PAUL Cox has agreed to stay on as manager at Mansfield Town until the summer of 2014.


His current one-year contract runs out this summer but after talks with the chairman last night, the pair agreed on a two-year extension.

Cox believes it will give him the time required to build on the solid foundations laid down during his first season in charge.

The Stags are third in the Blue Square Bet Premier on 80 points and set to confirm their place in the play-offs when they head to Hayes and Yeading on Saturday



CHAD.co.uk 9 April 2012

Chairman John Radford's programme notes stated that manager Paul Cox has 'agreed to sign' a contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of next season.



Manager Paul Cox agrees new deal with Stags
Nottingham Post

PAUL Cox has agreed to sign a new deal to keep him as Mansfield Town boss until the end of next season.


Cox was appointed by chairman John Radford on a one-year contract last summer and has led the Stags to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier with three games to go.

They won 2-1 against Stockport yesterday at the newly-renamed One Call Stadium and are set to make the play-offs as they look to return to the Football League via Wembley.

The chairman revealed the news before kick-off yesterday, a game which attracted a 3,883-strong crowd, boosted by a kids-for-a-quid ticket offer.

And chairman Radford said: "I am pleased to announce that Paul Cox has agreed to sign an extension to his contract, keeping him at the club until the end of next season."


twitter.com/radiorhodes (Dave Rhodes) Easter Monday morning 9 April 2012

#stags #mtfc Rotherham appoint Steve Evans >> http://www.rotherham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=278860
Paul Cox was one of five names on the short list for the job



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