MURRAY HOPING ON 5 MORE NEW FACES
Murray hoping on three new faces for Stags today
chad.co.uk, 06 January 2015
Adam Murray is hoping to bring in as many as three new players into the Mansfield Town squad today and a further two before the end of the week as he tries to tie up his transfer work in the first week of the January window.
“I want to get our business done quite early,” he said. “I want everything realistically sewn up this week so we have time to settle as I am aware it will take a couple of weeks to get everyone bedded in.”
Already Murray has cleared the decks for new faces with Rakish Bingham and Ollie Palmer loaned out and on-loan players Dimitar Evtimov, Luke Waterfall and Keiron Freeman returning to their parent clubs.
And he admits he may have to get other players out to finance his plans.
“It is a possibility,” he said. “We are looking at options. We need to balance numbers and finances. From that side the chairman and board have been absolutely superb and backed me with the signings I’ve wanted to make.
Murray said one player he wanted was a central midfield leader.
“I need a sensible head in there, someone who can fill my boots in the middle of the pitch at times,” he said.
“We need a leader, an organiser, a strong character who can pull people round when things get tough.
“The person I have my eye on can do that. He has been there, done that. He has been in this situation before.
“We have been in good situations recently where we have led and conceded late goals. That’s where leadership comes in, the ability to see out that last 10 minutes, even if it’s not that pretty to watch.”
Murray has already pulled one rabbit out of the hat with the exciting capture of Scunthorpe striker Billy Kee yesterday on a three month loan.
“I have know about Billy for a few years,” said Murray. “I have come up against him and played against him.
“I know a lot of people who know him personally and managers that have had him. A lot of homework went into him and we are over the moon to get him.
“He is a much sought after centre forward and throughout his career he has always scored goals. He never gives centre halves a moment’s rest.
“He is a great character and, most importantly for me, he is a good person and honest. Hopefully he will hit the ground running.”
Murray closing in on midfielder
mansfieldtown.net, 6th January 2015
Boss Adam Murray says he wants to sign 'a midfielder who can fill my boots' in the centre of the field, as he prepares to close in on more signings.
Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/murray-closing-in-on-midfielder-2186286.aspx#mVLKBcA26ommZbbB.99
Speaking at this morning's news conference, the manager said he was confident that a midfield player would be added to his ranks shortly, as well as in other areas.
"I'm hoping there'll be another one coming in shortly," said the manager.
"I want someone who can fill my boots in the middle of the pitch at times; not necessarily always ability wise, but another leader and organiser, a strong character who will pull people around when the going gets tough.
"The person I have my eye on will do that. He's been there and done it. He's been in the situation where we have been in at the minute so he knows what it's all about.
"Within the next couple of days I am hoping for another two players, plus the player I have mentioned."
The manager revealed that he wants to have most of his transfer dealings wrapped up by Saturday's trip to Burton Albion.
"I want everything sewn up this week, realistically. That gives the lads time to settle. We will want the players coming in to hit the ground running but we're aware it will take them a couple of weeks to fully bed in.
"I want a tight-knit squad. I want everyone coming in every day fighting for a shirt. It'll be about balancing numbers on all levels."
Adam Murray still has decisions to make on striker Vadaine Oliver, whose loan expires later this month, as well as Reggie Lambe who will be out of contract before the end of January.~
The manager's interview will be available on Stags Player, later today.
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