LEE GLOVER APPOINTED ASSISTANT MANAGER
Stags appoint experienced coach as new assistant boss
mansfieldtown.net, Tuesday 21 May 2019
Mansfield Town Football Club are pleased to announce the appointment of experienced coach Lee Glover as the club’s assistant manager.
The 49-year-old’s appointment follows last week’s announcement of John Dempster becoming the Stags’ first team manager.
Lee has left his post as opposition analyst at Doncaster Rovers - who recently finished sixth in League One - to join John Dempster’s backroom staff.
Lee began his playing career at Nottingham Forest, spending seven years with the Reds, a spell that included loan moves to Leicester City, Barnsley and Luton Town.
A striker in his playing days, Lee’s most prolific spell came with Rotherham United, in which he scored 29 goals in 85 League games for the Millers between 1996 and 2000.
Following spells as manager of Corby Town and Grantham Town, Lee later took the assistant manager’s position at Kings Lynn, who were promoted to the Conference North during his time with the club.
He later worked with the likes of Nigel Clough and Steve McClaren at Derby as senior professional development coach and was appointed as Grant McCann’s [now-Doncaster Rovers manager] assistant manager at Peterborough in 2016 and latterly at the Keepmoat Stadium as the club’s opposition analyst.
“Lee is a good character, a pro licence coach and he joins us from Doncaster where he has been key in their player recruitment,” said manager John Dempster.
“He also has a history in producing players who are now playing in the Premier League and Championship from when he was working with the under 23s at Derby with Steve McClaren.
“I appreciate the football club backing me in this appointment because Lee was my number one target.”
Lee Glover played two games for Mansfield, both as sub, in 2002.
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First big signing as John Dempster lands the experienced Lee Glover as assistant manager
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 21 May 2019
New Mansfield Town boss John Dempster today succeeded in making his first important signing after landing the experienced Lee Glover as his assistant.
Dempster was appointed Stags manager last week and former Forest striker and Peterborough United assistant boss Glover was his number one target to join him, though Dempster knew Glover was happy in his scouting and recruitment role at Doncaster Rovers.
But a deal has now been struck for Glover to join a club he briefly played for back in 2002.
Both hail from Corby and have know each other for years on a professional basis - and Dempster believes Glover’s attributes are the perfect foil for his own.
“We have a very good relationship and he is a good character I trust,” said Dempster.
“Lee is a pro licensed coach so there is no higher accolade in terms in the coaching world. He ticks a lot of boxes.
“He is leaving Doncaster to join us where he has been key in their recruitment and scouting of opposition.
“So his knowledge of League One and League Two is very good and is current.
“He is also somebody that is senior to me that won’t always say yes, so I will be able to bounce ideas off him. He is his own man which was important to me.”
Dempster added: “As well as being an assistant manager, Lee also has a history of producing players that have gone on to play in the Championship and the Premier League when he was working with the U23s at Derby under Steve McClaren.
“So this is a really positive appointment by the football club and I appreciate the club backing me.
“He was my number one target and he is going to be key to how this project continues.”
Dempster believes his own knowledge of defending and Glover’s attacking knowledge, which started under Brian Clough at Forest, complement each other well.
“I have known Lee for a number of years,” said Dempster.
“He is not what I’d call a personal friend of mine, but he is someone I have know professionally.
“We’ve both played the game and he has a good playing career history.
“I think he’d describe himself as an old fashioned centre forward so I hope Lee will bring a lot to the table in the final third.
“He is a very good ‘in possession’ coach. They are just a few of his strengths.
“I used to liase with him for advice, even when I was a player, as we come from the same town.
“We had a good link from academy to academy when he was at Derby.
“And because he went through his coaching qualifications earlier than me, he is someone I asked for advice about sessions, styles of play and formations. He is a character I trust which is key.
“He is a calm head and certainly not a yes man.
“He will tell the players if he’s not happy. I think we will work well together.
“My advice is probably more out of possession and defensive work, being a former defender.
“I am hoping that Lee will bring in a bit more of a say in the final third when we are trying to get at teams, create and score goals.”
With Glover the first to congratulate Dempster on his appointment, the Stags manager thinks the partnership was possibly meant to be.
“Lee was the first person to message me when it was announced I was the new manager so it was almost written in the stars for me and it’s progressed over the last week,” he smiled.
“I made it clear I wanted him, but my fear was it might not happen.
“But with the support of the chairman and CEO it has and now I can’t wait to get started with him.”
New assistant speaks about ‘ambitious’ Stags
New assistant manager Lee Glover says that the Stags’ ambition and the opportunity to work alongside Mansfield boss John Dempster were the key reasons for him joining the amber and blue.
It was announced on Tuesday evening that the former Nottingham Forest striker had left his post as opposition analyst at League One outfit Doncaster Rovers to join John Dempster’s backroom staff.
Glover says that the opportunity to become the Stags’ assistant manager was ‘too good to pass up.’
“It was a very difficult decision [to leave Doncaster Rovers],” he began. “Grant [McCann, Doncaster Rovers’ manager] has brought me in at a couple of clubs and is also a friend.
“I just thought it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I had a couple of opportunities during last season which I didn’t think were right, and I was happy with what I was doing at Doncaster.
“But this one with John [Dempster] and the ambition of the club, I thought it was the right time to give it a go.
“I’ve been down and watched a few games here, and there’s a real positive vibe. The ambition is there from the chairman down, and you can see the club is on a good foot and wants to go forward.
“You don’t get many opportunities at clubs like that, so it’s very exciting.”
The 49-year-old added that he will also assist the Mansfield boss in identifying transfer targets ahead of what is shaping up to be an exciting summer at One Call Stadium.
“I’m very pleased to get the offer from the club and from John [Dempster],” said Glover. “Looking at the facilities and meeting people here, there is a very positive vibe around the building.
“It’s something I want to be part of and try and help. John is the manager, so he’s obviously got the [final] say, but he’ll lean on me with my experience and contacts in the game and we’ll get our heads together.
“We’ll put a shift in and make sure that when the team comes out on the pitch, we’ve done the best we can to make sure they’ve got a good chance of winning.
“I saw two or three games here last season, so I know most of the players from a distance.
“We know what the squad is about and where we might need to look to strengthen. You put [transfer] options to the manager, and the manager chooses.”
Glover also reflected on his background in football - both as a player and in coaching roles - and says that he will utilise his experience to assist the new Stags’ boss.
“I’ve played in all four professional leagues, starting with Nottingham Forest in 1986. I stopped playing in 2002, and coaching-wise, I had managerial spells at Corby [Town] and Grantham [Town].
“Then I went to Derby and worked my way right through the academy there with Nigel Clough, getting to be the under-23s’ senior coach.
“Then Steven McClaren came in and he moved me closer to the first team. I moved on from there, going to Burton for a spell, then Coventry and then Grant McCann took me in as assistant manager at Peterborough.
“After being there, he took me on at Doncaster [too]. I’ve been round and have experience that I can hopefully help John [Dempster] with.”
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Lee Glover excited by new role at Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 21 May 2019
New Mansfield Town assistant boss Lee Glover said he was excited about his unexpected new job at a club he believes to be on the up.
Glover admitted it was a hard decision to leave good friend Grant McCann at Doncaster Rovers, but said he has seen the potential at Mansfield and wants to be a part of it as John Dempster’s right hand man.
“I am very pleased to get the offer from John and the club,” he said.
“Looking round the facilities and meeting people there is a very positive vibe around the building and it’s something I want to be part of. It’s very much a club on the up.
“It was a very difficult decision as Grant has taken me into a couple of clubs and is also a friend.
“But I just thought this opportunity was too good to pass up.
“I had a couple of opportunities during last season which I just didn’t think were right and I was happy with what I was doing at Doncaster.
“But this one, working with John and with the ambition of the club, I thought it was the right time to give it a go.
“I have been down and watched a few games here and the ambition is there. You can see the club is on a good footing and wanting to go forward.
“You don’t get many opportunities at clubs like that, so I am very excited.”
Glover first worked under the legendary Brian Clough at Forest before gaining a wealth of experience as a player and on backroom staff at different clubs and levels.
“I have played in all four professional leagues, starting with Nottingham Forest in 1986” he said.
“I stopped playing in 2002 and then had managerial spells at Corby, Grantham and King’s Lynn.
“Then I went in at Derby and worked my way through the academy with Nigel Clough to become U23s senior coach before Steve McClaren came in and moved me a bit closer to the first team.
“I went to Burton for a spell, then Coventry, before Grant McCann took me in as assistant manager at Peterborough, then he took me in again at Doncaster.
“So I do have a bit of experience I hope I can help John with. We are both from Corby so our paths have crossed quite a bit.”
He continued: “John is the manager and he has obviously got the say. But he will lean on me with my contacts and experience in the game.
“One thing is for sure, it won’t be for lack of effort that anything will go wrong as we will put a shift in and make sure when the team goes out on the pitch we’ve done the best we can to make sure they have a good chance of winning.”
The current squad certainly excites Glover, even before he has helped to strengthen it.
“David (Flitcroft) and Ben (Futcher) put together a very good squad here and were unlucky. So there is a lot of potential,” he said.
“John and I have to try to further that and get the best out of the players.
“It’s difficult to win a game of football at any level, but I have been around people who have achieved a lot in the game and the thing they have always taught me is to focus on one game, try to get a result, then move on.”
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