MURRAY WOULD LIKE DEARDEN ON BOARD AS SCOUT
Billy Dearden: Adam Murray wants help from ex-Mansfield Town boss
(interview from post match at Concord, 25 Nov 2014)
Mansfield caretaker manager Adam Murray wants former boss Billy Dearden to join his backroom staff if he gets the Stags job on a full-time basis.
Murray, who played under him at Notts County in 2003, has won both matches since being put in charge following Paul Cox's departure.
"He is someone I'd like to have on board," 33-year-old Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham.
Midfielder Murray, who has yet to decide if he will retire from playing if appointed manager, continued: "I've spoken to Billy over the past few days because he is someone who I've had guidance from in the past and is someone that knows the game inside out.
"He is passionate about this football club and he has more contacts than the Yellow Pages.
"I will have a cup of tea with Billy this week to see where his thoughts are"
Since leaving Field Mill six years ago, Dearden has worked as chief scout at Blackpool and Sheffield United, where he spent six years as a striker between 1970 and 1976.
He first moved into management with the Stags in 1993 as a caretaker before returning on a permanent basis, first in 1999 for three years and again in 2006.
While Murray is still unsure whether he will get the full-time job, he is determined to set himself up to be successful if appointed.
"I want to make sure we cover every base, and if Billy can help out with a bit of information with teams coming up so be it," he added.
Billy Dearden at a glance
Dearden, 70, ended his second spell in charge of the club in 2008.
Management career: Mansfield Town (caretaker) 1993, Port Vale (catetaker) 1999, Mansfield Town 1999-2002, Notts County 2002-2004, Mansfield Town 2006-2008.
chad.co.uk, 27 November 2014
Murray has also been quoted as saying, were he to take the job, he might turn to former Stags manager Billy Dearden to join his backroom staff. But Murray said that talk was very premature.
“It was a remark I made on Tuesday, but not one that’s gone anywhere,” he said. “Billy does know the game inside out with his scouting and experience. And he has a contacts book bigger than Yellow Pages. But there is nothing nailed down.
“We have not had a conversation about it and I think he is in work right now. Also, I am not in a position to be calling the shots as yet.”
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