FLITCROFT SACKED, DEMPSTER APPOINTED MANAGER
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 14 May 2019, 1.15pm
Mansfield Town can announce that the contract of David Flitcroft as manager has been terminated.
Head of football operations Greg Abbott, assistant manager Ben Futcher, goalkeeping coach Ian Pledger and performance analyst Dan Ashby have also been released from their positions.
Academy manager John Dempster has been appointed as first team manager and will be responsible for all of the club’s football operations.
In a statement, chairman John Radford said: “It is with a heavy heart that we part company with David and his staff, however, the decision has been made with the best interests of Mansfield Town Football Club in mind.
“Despite a season of progress, we were unable to fulfil our primary objective of earning promotion to League One, despite having a number of games to achieve this ambition.
Read more at https://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/2019/may/club-statement/
“We thank David and his staff for their tireless endeavours and part ways amicably. David and his staff have been highly professional throughout their tenures and we wish them genuine success in the future.”
Commenting on the new appointment of John Dempster as manager, Mr Radford said: “In John, we have a man who is considered to be one of the brightest and most innovative young coaches in football.
“His success with the youth team over the past few seasons has been remarkable and he now deserves the opportunity to manage the first team.
“John will have our full backing. He is appointed as manager of a club which is widely considered as one of the best operations in football.
“His rebuilding process starts today and we encourage all Stags’ supporters to welcome John into the position as a new era at One Call Stadium gets under way.”
Director Steve Hymas on facebook
John Dempster is now the manager of MTFC .He had been part of 3 promotion winning sides before joining Mansfield and was part of the side that got us promotion back into the football league .
He remained at the club to be appointed Academy manager where we have won the league 3 out 4 seasons in the Youth Alliance .Something the club has never achieved before .
He is recognised within football as one of the most promising talents in the modern game .
He deserves the opportunity to lead us into the coming season and his links with the academy will help us develop young talented footballers.
Up the stags
Director Mark Hawkins on facebook
I supported DF and to be honest I’d have screamed from the highest roof top when he went unless JD was to replace him...
JD is TOP draw what he as done with the academy is quite simply remarkable... Let’s get behind him which I’m sure everybody will and I’m certain good things are just around the corner
twitter Robin Chipperfield @sportchippers
It’s often sad when a manager leaves a club. Often, but not always...
(note - this is reference to not cooperating on interviews)