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8th May 2015 20:27

Murray looks to the future
mansfieldtown.net, 2nd May 2015

Boss keen to move forward after final match of frustrating campaign.

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Manager Adam Murray was looking firmly to the future as a challenging campaign drew to a close with a defeat at Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

Jamie McGuire opened the scoring with a spectacular volley just before half-time, but the hosts battled back and scored twice after the re-start to record a 2-1 victory and pick up the three points.

“I’ve never wanted anything to finish as quickly in my life, but I’m positive for the future and I can’t wait to get started on pre-season,” said our manager, who was speaking in his post-match interview.

“There’s a part of me that’s really excited. I look at the fans who travelled today and they deserve something to stand there and be proud of and I’ll give it to them - I don’t have any doubts about that. I thought the support was superb today.”

When asked about his immediate aims, Murray continued: “We need to let the lads know what’s going on, but there is a lot of planning already in place and a lot of change going on behind the scenes.

“There are certain things coming in at the football club which we haven’t had for a while and I feel it will push us on to be more professional. They’re little things, which other clubs have got and put in place.

“We’re moving a little bit from the dinosaurs to the modern era [and adding things] like your strength and conditioning coaches, your sports scientists. They’re all things which make a huge difference.

“We’ve turned up to places this year at times and I’ve looked at us and other clubs and it’s like men against boys. I won’t have my team which I put out there looked upon like that.

“So there’s loads of work to do. The rebuilding has already started and we’ve got a hell of a lot of targets that we’re talking to and I want to get going now [for next season] to be honest.”

Our boss also confirmed his retained list will be released next week.

“I’ve known for a little while on the majority of players,” said the gaffer. “Some have probably let themselves down and the balance will be to bring in a core of, first and foremost, good people, because the football club deserves good people.

“Secondly, we want to put the footballers in place so we can go and express ourselves.

He added: “I’ve read in the last couple of days that we haven’t had a penalty in 80 games and that’s for a reason. That’s because, at times, we’ve only got one person in the box. We haven’t been an attacking threat for two years, so there’s loads of work to do.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to understand what I feel will be a force in this league. If I’m allowed to do what I want to do, then I’m confident and I cannot wait.”

Reflecting on today’s game, our boss said: “Unfortunately we showed the weaknesses today - especially in the second half. In the first half I thought we dominated, but didn’t take advantage of it and we’ve said that a number of times this season.

“I think the weakness and lack of certain aspects within our team today were shown.”

Looking back on the 2014/15 campaign as a whole, our boss said: “It’s been a challenge from the off. We knew when we started in pre-season the way the season was going to go and the fight we were going to be in for.

“It was planned out that way. We made it probably a million times tougher for ourselves with the inconsistency that we’ve shown and that was summed up by today[‘s defeat at Accrington].”


Excited Stags boss Murray so glad tough season is over
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

As Mansfield Town’s season ended in a fashion typical of this campaign with more injuries and another on-field capitulation, manager Adam Murray admitted he was glad it was over, but excited by the rebuilding job ahead this summer.


Stags saw a deserved interval lead overturned by a poor second half as they lost 2-1 at Accrington Stanley on a freezing cold last day of the season.

Callum Elder (illness) and Martin Riley (hamstring) were forced to turn out for the depleted side, Riley’s hamstring going before the end, while Ryan Tafazolli had to come off with a closed eye from a cut and Matt Rhead had to stay on with a groin strain as all substitutes had been used.

“I am glad it’s over - I won’t lie,” said Murray.

“Today was the same as it’s been for the last six months. I keep saying the same things and I get bored of talking.

“This season was a challenge from the off. We knew from pre-season the way the season was going to go and the fight we were going to be in for. So we planned it out that way.

“At times we have made it tougher for ourselves, like we did today.

“As a club, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong.

“Today we lost Martin Riley with his hamstring, Matt Rhead couldn’t move for the last 20 minutes as his groin had gone, Ryan Tafazolli couldn’t see out of his eye, it had completely closed, so we had to take him off, and Callum Elder was throwing up all last night, but we didn’t have any other options.

“We must have run over a lot of black cats this year. I hope that’s the bad luck out of the way and I now feel very positive about the future. I can’t wait to start pre-season.”

Murray is expected to undertake major surgery on the playing squad with several players likely to be shown the door this week.

“Being honest, a few players have signed their own death warrants,” he said. “The decisions have not been made over a short period of time. Players have had plenty of chances to work hard and put performances in that warrant them being a part of my team next year.

“It showed again today, especially in the second half, after we had dominated the first half.

“We showed our weaknesses and lack of certain aspects in the team.

“But part of me is really excited. I was looking at the fans today and thinking you deserve something you can stand there and be proud of. I will give that to them. Our supporters today were fantastic.

“But, though certain players are not a good enough standard to move us forwards, you can see they have tried.

“They’ve made me angry at times, but this group, even though they’ve not been consistent enough, they’ve still kept this club in the Football League which was our aim from the off.

“Sometimes you have to have a season of consolidation to get your house in order from the inside, regroup and go again.”

Murray’s retained list is expected to be announced this week and he said: “I need to let the lads know what’s going on.

“I have a lot of targets I am talking to and I want to get going now. I want to bring in first and foremost good people. Then I want to put the footballers in place that can go and express themselves.

“A lot of new things are coming in over the summer, though they are things that most clubs have already like sports scientists. We are moving from being dinosaurs into the modern day.”

Mansfield today ended up with a new club record of lowest ever goals scored with 38 and also completed an entire season without being awarded a penalty kick.

But Murray wasn’t surprised, saying: “At times we have only had one person in the box.

“We have not been an attacking threat for two years. But I will make us a force in this league if I am allowed to do what I want to do. I can’t wait.

“This close season is massive. Now this season is over we can get our foot down on the pedal and can put our full focus on it.

“It’s been a tough one for me. I am not thick. As much as I care for this football club I know it doesn’t make me a good manager. As much as have been a fairly good player for the club, that doesn’t make me a good manager.

“But I do believe I have the ability to become a good manager and I am confident I will do that.

“Speak to the players - and a lot of them probably don’t like me very much at the minute - and they will tell you that on the training ground I am up there for my age and experience. My learning curve has been a steep one.

“Even though it’s been tough, I have enjoyed it as I love fighting. Sometimes I have actually wanted to fight!


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Adam Murray: "There's been a lack of pride and passion in wearing the shirt (from some)". Players will find out on Tues if they're wanted.


Coleman was frustrated at finishing in 17th spot after two wins in their final 14 games kept them in the lower reaches of League Two.

“I remember when we beat Exeter we were on the cusp of the play-offs but, unlike usual Accrington teams under me and Jimmy (Bell), we have not finished strongly.

“We were diabolical in the first half today and I told the players so at half-time where harsh words were said. After the break, there was crisp passing, we were on the front foot and we scored two goals.

“I don’t know why we didn’t play like that for 90 minutes and that sums up our season.”


Mansfield Town 'not certain' to move for former Scunthorpe United striker Billy Kee
By Sarah Clapson, Nottingham Post

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray has hinted a move for striker Billy Kee may no longer be on the cards.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-certain-Scunthorpe-United-striker/story-26439677-detail/story.html#ixzz3ZZaFif41

The front man (pictured) was released by Scunthorpe United last week, having returned to his parent club following a loan spell with the Stags.

Back in March, Murray said he wanted to bring Kee back to the One Call Stadium next season, but now admits 'nothing's certain'.

"When he's fit, he's probably one of the best goalscorers at this level - he's proven that over the last few years," he told the Post.

"He's somebody that's in a pool of good players that we're looking at but there's a lot of players on that list," he told the Post. "Nothing's certain, nothing's concrete.

"We've identified quite a few players in that area that we feel can affect the league."


Coleman: Win sums up season

Accrington boss John Coleman said his side's 2-1 final-day win against Mansfield summed up their season as a whole.


The Reds were poor in the first half and trailed to Jamie McGuire's 39th-minute goal before Seamus Conneely scored two minutes after the break and Terry Gornell fired home a 71st-minute winner.

Victory means Stanley finished in 17th place with just two wins in their final 14 games quashing hopes of finishing higher.

"It was two contrasting halves which summed up our season," said Coleman.

"In the first half we were diabolical and I told them at half-time it was unacceptable. The fans pay their money and deserve better.

"There were a lot of words said at the break, we looked insipid and we were rubbish but then, in the second half, we had them on the back foot, scored an early goal, which also helps, and then finished strongly.

"I don't know why we didn't play like that for 90 minutes, but we have been too inconsistent this season which is why we finished where we are."

Mansfield boss Adam Murray, who took over in November, was similarly underwhelmed as his side finished in 21st spot.

"I have never wanted a season to finish as quickly as this one," said Murray, who at 33 is the youngest manager in the Football League.

"Now we have got to be positive and look forward to the future and start planning for next season.

"I have made decisions about players over a period of time and again here we showed our weaknesses.

"We took the lead and were strong in the first half, but then we haven't been ruthless when we're on top, which has happened all too often this season.

"The last six months have been a massive challenge.

"We knew in pre-season that it would be a fight and so it has proved and we have paid for our inconsistencies.

"We have had a lot of bad luck along the way and now we just want to look forward."

The first half was largely one to forget before McGuire got the ball on the edge of the area and volleyed home his first goal of the campaign.

Stanley had that half-time blast and, in the 47th minute, Josh Windass's initial header was saved before Conneely followed up and fired home his third goal of the season.

Stanley then upped the pressure and the winner came when striker Gornell raced down the left wing and put the ball past on-rushing goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley to seal the Reds' victory.



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The best day of my life

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Police called to eject Mansfield Town fans from Accrington Stanley match
accringtonobserver.co.uk, 4 May 2015 By Jon Macpherson

Officers were alerted by the ground safety officer

Police were called to Accrington Stanley’s final match of the season to help eject ‘potential risk’ Mansfield Town fans.


Inspector John Fryer said officers were alerted by the club’s ground safety officer 20 minutes into the game to help stewards remove several away fans from the Store First Stadium.

A Mansfield fan was then arrested after the game following reports of criminal damage at The Crown Inn pub before police were then called to another local pub.

Insp Fryer said: “Around 100 Mansfield fans had been identified as potential trouble makers.

“They then tried to get into The Greyhound Inn but the licensee refused to serve them and called police so we attended.

“The man arrested earlier was one of their group and they were refusing to get on board their coach until the man was released. We sent additional resources and positively engaged with the group and they left.”

A 44-year-old man from Derbyshire was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage but later released without charge.

Insp Fryer said there was ‘no suggestion’ that any Accrington Stanley fans were involved in the incidents.



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