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5th December 2002 12:29

Evening Post, 05 December 2002
New Mansfield Town boss Keith Curle today revealed that he wants to achieve as much success from managing as he has as a player.
Having tasted life in football from the old Fourth Division to playing for England, Curle said it was his determination to succeed that spurred him to the heights he scaled in the game.
He has played 760 games for a host of clubs, including Manchester City and Wolves.
And he shares the same ambitions now he has been handed his first managerial post by Stags chairman Keith Haslam.
"I think I have got something to offer. I've got a love of the game and I enjoy coaching.
"I want to be successful. I want to be in football for the next ten or 15 years putting my ideas up against the best people in the game.
"I would have loved to have got a Premiership job and worked with the cream of the country but, being realistic, I wasn't going to get that opportunity.
"I have played in all four divisions and I have enjoyed it and, whatever, the situation, I have adapted to them and looked to progress.
"I knew where I wanted to go, I knew I wanted to be at the top and it will be the same now I am a manager.
"But, I am not starting at the bottom by any means."
Curle, who will be player-manager, said: "I have got basic ideas that I am going to implement for the team.
"We have got quality players at this club and there are guidelines and things that I want to do whether it is attacking, defending or in free play."
Curle, who was official unveiled as Stuart Watkiss's replacement at Field Mill yesterday, said he was still looking at the squad and seeing who was available but he has a clear idea of what he wants his team to look like.
He is unavailable for the FA Cup clash with Crewe on Saturday as he was not registered in time.
His first selection headache revolves around the replacement of Liam Lawrence, Lee Williamson and Neil Moore, who are all suspended following their dismissals in the 5-4 defeat against Bristol City.
Curle said: "Ideally, I have got my idea of how I would like my team to play but I have got to see who is available because we have got players who are injured and suspended.
"For the first couple of days it is about quantifying exactly what I have got at the club and I have got to adapt that into a formation I am happy with."
His first problem yesterday was caused by traffic delays after the M1 was closed.
But he said dealing with such situations was all part of his new job.
He said: "We went training yesterday and everything was positive.
"Then, after I have sorted out what I want to do, there are massive traffic problems but there is no point getting frustrated or uptight about it.
"You just have to get on with it."
Striker Andy White was also training with Stags after spending the last six weeks with Crewe on loan.


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