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5th July 2014 22:36

24th June 2014

Interview with Paul Cox on StagsPlayer:

Cox: Some of the goalkeepers we're looking at - it puts a smile on my face. We've got some very good goalkeepers we're looking at at the moment. That will probably boil down to a loan signing on a season long loan or a loan until Christmas, but we've got some decent irons in the fire. Until something's signed, sealed and delivered, we've got to be respectful of other clubs and respectful of the players.


Cox pleased to re-sign young duo
mansfieldtown.net, 24th June 2014

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“...They’ll be in the squad of 20 players next season...”

In other news, Cox revealed that he has given Lindon Meikle and Anthony Howell until the end of this week to make a decision on contracts which were offered to them last month.


Time running out for Stags pair over new deal

Anthony Howell and Lindon Meikle are running out of time to sign new deals with Mansfield Town with manager Paul Cox working hard on finding their replacements.


The out-of-contract pair have stalled on new deals offered to them and Cox said: “We have come to a bit of a stop in the actual negotiations right now. But we are talking to plenty of other players too.

“If we can’t agree anything with them then we are going to have to move on. If something materialises in the meantime I have got to do what is best for the football club.

“I go back with both of them a long way and I love them to bits. Both have been excellent for this football club.

“But it’s the future I am concerned with and by the end of the week I would expect them to sign or we will move on if we can’t agree terms with either of them.

He added: “It is now coming up to squeaky bum time for a lot of players. Contracts are starting to run out and those playing their cards close to their chests will need to open up and be realistic about what they want. We are being patient and waiting for the right players.

“I would like to think we will sign players before we come back for pre-season training on Monday, but I won’t be rushed or held to ransom. We will get players in for the money we can pay. We need the right players mentally for what will be a tough season.

“Some of the keepers we are looking at are putting a smile on my face. There are some very good keepers who could come in on what would probably be a season’s loan or until Christmas.

“I have some decent irons in the fire. But it all boils down to being patient and being respectful of other clubs and the players.”

However, two players who have signed new contracts this week are former youth team pair Jack Thomas and Liam Marsden, who both made debuts last season.

“We have sat down with both of them and agreed a contract which is really pleasing news for the football club,” said Cox. “We have got two local boys that have done very well and earned the right to a new contract.

“Now the hard work starts for them. We are expecting good things from them, but they are now first team players.

“We will be running with a squad of maybe 20 maximum so they are in that pool of players and will be under the same pressure as everyone else.

“But they are both good boys with a good mindset and I hope they can the ground running in pre-season.”


Let’s prove the bookies wrong, says Stags boss Cox

Mansfield Town return to pre-season training on Monday with manager Paul Cox urging his players to prove the bookies wrong.


Stags are expected to be among the sides battling to avoid a return back to the Conference according to summer betting forecasts, and Cox admitted: “It is going to be a tough season, probably the toughest I have come up against. But I am relishing it and looking forward to it too.

“There are some massive clubs doing some massive spending and there will be some massive challenges.

“But I have a glint in my eye and a smile on my face.

“Looking at the Northampton fixture we start with, we will be going to a club that I think this season will have aspirations of getting promoted.

“A lot of the time this year we will be classed as the underdogs.

“Looking at the bookies’ odds, we are heavily tipped not to get promotion but to go through the trapdoor. That doesn’t matter to me. We have a job to do and it’s part and parcel of football. It’s up to me and the players at the football club to prove the bookies wrong.”

League sponsors Sky Bet have the Stags at 28/1 for the title, 13/2 for promotion and 8/1 for relegation.

Ladbrokes have Bury as title favourites at 7/1, followed by Luton at 8/1 and Portsmouth at 9/1. Stags are in the bottom 10 of the betting at 25/1.

Mansfield’s title odds are even longer at Paddy Power where they are in the bottom seven at 33/1.

William Hill quote Stags at 7/1 for promotion, which is among the bottom nine in their betting, and 40/1 for the title.

Stags players will undergo body fat, weight and fitness checks on Monday morning before a hard afternoon of running.

They will then do gruelling double sessions for 10 days before a first behind-closed-doors friendly.

“It will be tough, but the lads are expecting that,” said Cox. “I want my players fit and strong physically and mentally.

“But there will also be a massive onus on team spirit and team ethic and that’s what can drag us along at times next season which we know will be a very tough season.”


Olympic great begins training Stags’ players
mansfieldtown.net, 24th June 2014

Six of our first team players are being trained by illustrious Olympic athlete Michael Johnson this week, the club are delighted to reveal.

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Frontmen Matt Rhead, Ollie Palmer, Alex Fisher, along with Ryan Tafazolli, Liam Marsden and Jack Thomas are being coached by the world record breaker this week in an attempt to improve their speed, technique and power.

It is the perfect warm-up for the players before they link up with the rest of the squad for the start of pre-season at One Call Stadium next Monday.

During his 11-year career, Michael Johnson established a record of 13 Olympic and World Championship medals, all of them gold.

He broke world records in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4 x 400-meter relay. He became known as the “Fastest Man in the World” in 1996, when completing the historic 200/400- meter Olympic double. He recorded the fastest time ever clocked by a human, running 23 mph en route to his 200-meter world record performance of 19.32 seconds. Michael added the 400-meter world record in 1999, clocking 43.18 seconds.

“This training camp, put on by Michael Johnson, will include coaching in areas such as fitness, power and speed. It’s a massive positive for us," said Stags' boss Paul Cox.

“In terms of speed, if you can’t learn from Michael Johnson, then who can you learn from?” added Cox.

The Stags' involvement in the week-long training programme, taking place at St George’s Park in Burton, came about through the contacts of our physio Chris Bowman.


Stags learn speed from Michael Johnson
chad.co.uk, 24 June 2014

A group of Mansfield Town players are this week taking part in a speed training camp, run by four-time Olympic Champion and current 400m world record holder Michael Johnson at England’s St George’s Park training ground.


The USA legend is holding the Michael Johnson Performance Academy camp and Stags boss Paul Cox is hoping players like striker Ollie Palmer will benefit hugely from the advice.

“Seven or eight of the squad are down at St George’s Park,” said Cox. “It is a training camp that includes fitness, power and speed.

“Our physio has good contacts down there and has got our players in there which is a massive positive for us.

“They will learn a lot. You can’t not learn from someone of his status. If you can’t learn about speed from Michael Johnson then who can you learn off?

“Some of the coaching staff will go down there as well to see if we can learn anything which bodes well for pre-season.

“It is about improving running technique and trying to make an athlete a a better athlete.

“If we can pinch an inch anywhere we can, then that’s what we need to do.”


Mansfield Town sextet receiving sprint training from Olympian Michael Johnson
By Nottingham Post, June 24, 2014

MANSFIELD Town are hoping to be quick out of the blocks when the new season gets underway - and they have the perfect coach to help them achieve that.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-sextet-receiving-sprint-training/story-21282721-detail/story.html?#ixzz35aoJF4up

Six Stags players are this week receiving training from four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson at St George’s Park in Burton.

Strikers Matt Rhead, Ollie Palmer and Alex Fisher, plus Ryan Tafazolli, Liam Marsden and Jack Thomas are all being coached by the American, who managed an Olympic double in 1996, winning gold in the 400 metres and 200m, as well as topping the podium at the 1992 Games (4x400m relay) and 2000 Olympics (400m).

“This training camp, put on by Michael Johnson, will include coaching in areas such as fitness, power and speed. It’s a massive positive for us," said Mansfield boss Paul Cox.

“In terms of speed, if you can’t learn from Michael Johnson, then who can learn you learn from?”

Johnson racked up a record of 13 Olympic and World Championship gold medals during his 11-year career and broke world records in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m relay.

He recorded the fastest time ever clocked by a human, running 23mph on his way to a world record time of 19.32 seconds in the 200m.

The week-long training programme for the Stags sextet came about through the contacts of physio Chris Bowman.

Following their spell at St George’s Park, the players will link-up with the rest of the squad when pre-season begins on Monday.

Teenagers Marsden and Thomas have both signed new deals at Mansfield, after making their first-team debuts last season.

“It’s really positive news for the club that we have two local boys on board who have done well and earned the right for another contract,” said Cox, who has given Lindon Meikle and Anthony Howell until the end of this week to make decisions on their contract offers.

“The hard work now starts for them and we’re expecting good things from them.”

“They’ll be in the squad of 20 players next season, with the same pressure as everyone else. Both are good boys with a good mindset and hopefully both can ‘hit the ground running’ in pre-season.”


Mansfield Town's Ollie Palmer hopes to benefit from Olympian Michael Johnson's tips
By Sarah Clapson, Nottingham Post, June 27, 2014

THROWN in at the deep end last season, Ollie Palmer did his best to hit the ground running at Mansfield Town.

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And even with a first campaign of League Two football under his belt, the aim remains the same.

Only this time around, he will have had the help of one of the all-time fastest men on the planet.

Palmer, along with Stags team-mates Matt Rhead, Ryan Tafazolli, Alex Fisher, Liam Marsden and Jack Thomas have been receiving coaching from four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson as part of a programme the American has been running at St George's Park in Burton.

The week-long course has focused on fitness and sprinting, as well as off the field matters, which Palmer believes will be of great benefit when the new term gets underway.

"It's been a fantastic experience," said the Mansfield striker.

"I've learnt an awful lot in a week.

"He's given me a lot of new techniques to help me with my sprinting, power and acceleration, as well as positioning. It's been amazing learning from one of the fastest people to have ever been on the planet.

"He's also taught me how important it is to be responsible for your own career, so it's not just been about things on the field.

"We had a good hour's meeting yesterday where we talked about where we want our careers to take us.

"He's taught me how to interact with the media, when to interact and when not to interact; what to listen to and what not to listen to.

"It's been helpful in so many different ways."

Used to being in the public eye, Johnson has also been able to pass on tips about how to deal with the pressure which comes with being in the spotlight.

"He's been fantastic to work with, a real gentleman and really down to earth," said Palmer.

"Athleticism is a big part of football, and a big part of most sports.

"How much it's helped, I can't say because the season's not started yet.

"But I believe it's helped me quite a lot.

"The work we've done on the mental side of things is definitely going to help; he's given me a better understanding of how to look after myself, what to worry about and what not to worry about.

"A big word he's used is responsibility - how to be responsible for my own actions."

Palmer had already started to work with a sprint coach before linking up with Johnson, and he is now eager for the new campaign to get underway.

"I'd been going to an athletics club already, so I've learnt quite a few things over the last couple of weeks," the 22-year-old said.

"I feel ready and am looking forward to having a full pre-season at a professional club. Last year, I didn't have a pre-season and kind of got chucked in at the deep end, so I'm looking forward to doing a full pre-season."


World Cup 2014: Mansfield Town's Ollie Palmer on what he as a player can learn from the tournament
By Sarah Clapson, Nottingham Post, June 27, 2014

FOOTBALL is developing all the time and athleticism is a big part of it. This World Cup has shown that.

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You've got to make sure you're bettering yourself as an athlete all the time.

Teams like Nigeria have been very powerful and quick, and have dominated the big teams.

So far, the World Cup has been quite an eye opener in that sense.

The developing countries have been doing well because they are so powerful and quick. Teams like Spain, Italy and England can't deal with them.

Neither Italy or England could deal with Costa Rica's pace in their group games. It's not always about looking pretty on the ball.

Lionel Messi is one of the players who have really stood out for me so far.

I know that's a really easy one to say, but compared to someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, he's really producing at this World Cup.

I'm a big Ronaldo (pictured) fan, but Messi's the one who has really produced so far; and Neymar, he's another one who's stood out.

As a player, you're always watching people like that. You're always trying to learn and see if you can pick up any little tips which you might be able to take on board.

Who's going to win it? I think it might be Argentina.

Along with Holland, they've been pretty consistent and in all areas of the pitch they've got a lot of talent.



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