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28th June 2016 22:22

Murray set to complete squad jigsaw
mansfieldtown.net, 21st June 2016

We are on the verge of signing two new players, manager Adam Murray revealed at a news conference today.

After securing the services of defenders Rhys Bennett and George Taft as well as wingers CJ Hamilton, Ashley Hemmings and frontman Danny Rose, Murray looks set to announce two new signings soon.

Speaking at a news conference earlier today at One Call Stadium, Murray told the local media: “I’ve done one [agreed a deal with a new player], but I can’t unveil it yet because he is still away on holiday. I am 99% on another one."

On the player who is on holiday, Murray said: “If I am going to be completely honest with you I completed it at 4am this morning so I am a little bit tired!

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"Because he is away we do need to get it tied up so that will probably be done by the end of this week.

"I think the fans will be happy with them [the two new prospective signings]. They'll make us stronger again. They'll add to us and give us a little bit of winning know-how and experience.

“We have brought a high calibre of player into the club again and we’re chuffed to bits about that. Realistically I think that will be us done [in terms of signings].

"We are going to go with a small squad again, but one which has lots of options all over the pitch in terms of what we can do. We’re 'over the moon' with the other ones we have already got in the building and the two that we have done now."

With the gaffer set to make a double swoop on the field, he is close to announcing the identity of a first team coach and U21s' manager to further boost the club's infrastructure.

On the new U21s appointment, Murray said: "It will be a big one for us because the guy that we have got is very good at what he does and he has a very good background in what he does.

“I have made my decision and that will be announced this week. We have just got to get the paper work done with him. Everything is moving forward and the under 21s group is another step forward.”

The full interview with Adam Murray can be viewed now on Stags PlayerHD


Excitement as Stags clinch final two summer signings
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 21 June 2016

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray is set to unveil his final two signings of the summer over the next week - and he admits he is really excited by their quality.

Murray has already brought in five eye-catching names and believes supporters will be delighted by the last two pieces of his initial jigsaw.

The delay in showing them off to the media is due to both currently being away on holiday with the final paperwork to be complete on one, Murray having to complete the negotiations with him in the small hours of this morning with an eight-hour time difference.

Murray smiled: “I’ve done one, but I can’t unveil it yet because he’s still away on holiday. And we are 99 per cent on the other one.

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“We are over the moon with the ones we’ve got already in the building and the two we’ve done now make us stronger again. I think the fans will be happy with them and as a staff and as a football club we are chuffed to bits with them.

“They will add to us and give us a little bit of that winning know-how again and that little bit of experience. We are bringing a high calibre of player to the club again.

“Realistically I think that will be us done then and we are going to go with a small squad again, but one with lots of options all over the pitch in terms of what we can do.

“We do want to try to promote a couple of our kids if we can, but like I said a few weeks ago, they’ve got to be ready. We are happy with what we’ve got.”

On the second of the deals, Murray added: “It was all agreed this morning, though he is away. If I am being totally honest I completed it at 4am this morning and I am a little bit tired.

“But, because he is away, we still need to get it tied up, so that will be done until the later part of this week. It may be the weekend, if not it will be Monday.”

Murray has so far brought in striker Danny Rose, wingers CJ Hamilton and Ashley Hemmings, and defenders Rhys Bennett and George Taft.

The two final signings should then be in the building by Monday when the players return for pre-season training.


EURO 2016: Mansfield boss Murray slams England critics as young Lions progress
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Tuesday 21 June 2016

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is annoyed but not surprised by the criticism of Roy Hodgson’s young England side after a frustrating 0-0 draw with Slovakia last night saw them progress from the group stages.

Murray believes this young side could still make the last four but fears for them with the media, pundits and a section of the fans itching to put the usual boot in on their efforts.

Slovakia, happy with a point, shut up shop and defended their box superbly with England dominating possession and so unlucky not to grab a winner.

However, as soon as the game was over, with England safely through with Wales, the criticism started.

“I just think it sums England up in terms of what we do,” said Murray. “We build people up and then we love knocking them down.

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“You look at the England performances and, for me, they’ve been really really good.

“You have gone into an international tournament, dominated three games, not scored the goals you want, but teams have been defending for their lives. England have never done that in a tournament.”

He added: “I listened to some of the pundits last night and some of them have played at the top level, been there and done it, and I just think, wow, you are talking some doo-doo.

“You look at some of the performances we’ve put in and it’s been really good.

“Even at our own level, which is a minor level compared to that, you do come up against teams that don’t want to move out the box and it’s tough to break them down.

“If England keep performing the way they are and do come up against teams that have to go and win and not solely defend the goal, it will suit us better.

“I think that showed when we played Germany a few months ago. That was one of the best performances I’ve seen from an England team.

“I am really confident in the England boys. They are young and, when they went into it, everyone was saying we lacked a bit of experience.

“But you know what I’m like with that. I think this is a young man’s game and the boys have gone over there with no fear.

“It’s like ourselves. I call it the ‘dirty thirties’ because we just don’t care. We just get stuck in. We are hungry for success.

“The England boys over there are exactly the same - they don’t care.”

With Leicester City’s Premier League hero Jamie Vardy now firmly in the international spotlight, Murray believes it won’t be long before he is verbally savaged too.

“It’s interesting now to see the English media and people deal with this situation again,” he said.

“I read something about Vardy the other day. The press have built him up to be the ‘man’s footballer’ because he drinks Red Bull and doesn’t do weights.

“For me this story is just one where they are waiting to build him up and knock him down again. It will be interesting. We have this habit of putting people up there and chopping their heads off.”

Murray now believes England can get past the next two hurdles and make the semi-finals which should see Roy Hodgson remain in his post.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s been a really successful tournament for them - the squad we’ve got, the age they are, and the ideas they’ve got - and I think we will do well,” he said.

“Otherwise, I think there’s probably only three teams that I’ve looked at and gone - you’re exceptional.

“I think England will make the final four which will keep Roy in a job - which is brilliant.

“I like him. I think he’s very focused on the way he wants to do things. He moves with the times. The changes he has made in the games shows he is very flexible and he’s been in the game a long time.

“He will know better than me, but it’s hard to do when you’ve been in the game that long as a manager and you’ve got your ways of doing things. He is still changing after all the years he’s been in it.

“The best part of the tournament for me so far was when Gary Neville ran down the touchline and jumped in with the lads. You don’t see that passion any more.

“I have been surprised by the tournament to be honest with you - the amount of passion that’s been shown, not just by the England boys but by a lot of the countries, I haven’t seen for a long time and it’s really good to watch.”


Eager Stags boss Murray glad to be back at work
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

It didn’t take Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray many days of his sunshine holiday to yearn to be back behind his desk.

Now the Stags boss can’t wait for Monday when his new-look squad return for pre-season training in Melton.

“It was nice to get get away and nice to get a different environment, though with four kids it wasn’t much of a break,” he smiled.

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“It’s nice to get a bit of sun on your back and practice your swimming. But I’m glad to be back. I was bored after about three days, so I am ready to go.

“Especially with the Euros on as well, it’s hard to shut off. We were only saying yesterday how quickly the summer has almost gone - I think it is because you have the play-offs then the Euros as well. So you don’t really switch off.”

He added: “We still had a little bit of business to do, planning for pre-season games, training and what-not, so it’s been a hectic summer again. But we like it like that.

“The boys are back in on Monday. The young lads and a few of the younger pros have been in over the summer with DT doing a lot of fitness and conditioning work, making sure they’re ready to go and hit the ground running.

“We are looking forward to getting started. We will have the first week at Brooksby College and then we crack on with the games.”

Murray is also expected to reveal who his No.2 will be next season over the next few days.

“I have made my decision and that will probably be announced this week,” he said. “I have just got to get the paperwork done with him.


Lessons learned for Murray and staff
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

As he heads into his second full season in football management, Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray believes he and his staff have learned much from last season.

The players return for pre-season training on Monday and Murray said of the summer: “It’s been a little bit less chaotic as we’ve not had as much work to do in terms of our signings.

“We’ve been very specific. We knew what we wanted before the season finished. So we’ve tried to focus on that and get that done. “We were really happy with pre-season last year. We were very fit, very organised, so we’ve made minor tweaks to the schedule, but nothing major.”

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Murray also said there would be fewer surprises what the season would throw at him in the hot seat.

“For me personally I know the league as a manager a little bit better than I did,” he said.

“You can know it inside out as a player but it doesn’t prepare you for what’s laying on the other side and the dark, scary alleyways of League Two management.

“I feel I have a lot more knowledge of the league and what certain games take to get results.

“I think last year we picked up some good results but at times we could have been a little bit more consistent and that starts with me.

“A lot was learned last year when we reviewed the season back after it ended with the staff.

“There were little things in there we picked up that you sometimes don’t see in season because your mind is fully focussed on winning that game and moving on to the next one.

“The review process was really good. We’ve picked up little bits and bobs we can use moving forward.”

Stags have three big home friendlies planned against Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Hull City, along with a string of games with local sides.

“We have a good mixture of friendlies again this year and I am really happy with the fixtures and tests we have,” he said.

“The home ones are against the better teams. We don’t go into them thinking we’re going to play these teams off the park. “Against these teams you don’t really have a lot of the ball which is good for your tactical work and for your shape work for when you come up against the better teams in our league. It really does test you.

“The ones we have locally will test us in different ways.

“They will all bring us different challenges and we’ll be able to work on tactics, fitness and, more importantly, this season we want to put more of a focus on us in possession.

“Even though we were very good in possession at times last year, we want the focus to be more on us this season.

“We’ve got some very good players and we want to take the game to teams this season.

“We finished the back end of the season very strongly, especially at home, Everyone went on about how bad our home form was but when you actually look at the facts of it, there wasn’t much difference in our home form and our away form.

“We want to up our home form next season and keep our away form. If we do that we’ll be in with a chance.”


Stags boss Murray dismisses Voce link
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray has dismissed Tweets that he was interested in Scunthorpe midfielder Dominic Vose.

SkyBet Tranbsfers claimed Vose had told the Iron he wanted first team football and Grimsby Town and Stags were interested in a loan deal.

However Murray said: “I’ve actually never watched him play in my life.

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“I read something on Twitter that we were in for him on loan.

“I don’t Tweet, I just like looking, but I was going to put up a Tweet on that and say - no!

“I’ve never seen him though I imagine he’s a good player.”



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