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28th June 2019 18:31

Hearn re-joins club as academy head of performance
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 25 June 2019

Former Stags’ striker Liam Hearn is back at One Call Stadium as the academy’s head of performance, we are pleased to confirm.

Working alongside the U18s and U21s coaches, Hearn will also aim to improve players in specific positions within the academy.

The 33-year-old, who was with the amber and blue for one season from 2014, had his time at the club cut short because of a knee injury.

“I’m looking forward to working hard, learning from the gaffer [John Dempster], Coops [Richard Cooper, academy manager] and the rest of the coaches at the academy,” said Hearn.


“I’ve walked into a really good academy. I’ve grown so much since my time at Mansfield and have gone into coaching now, having just finished my residential on my A licence.

“I want to repay the faith the club had in me through my injury as a player. The club supported me then and since and it’s great to come back in another capacity and help the academy grow even stronger.”


twitter Liam Hearn @Hearnz10

Very appreciative of the opportunity that has been presented to me by @mansfieldtownfc and the experience that I will continue to gain @Basfordutdfc thank you for all the kind messages too


note that Hearn remains as Basford "1st team head coach" and player.


Basford striker Liam Hearn loving new role at Mansfield Town as he dreams of a manager’s job one day
chad.co.uk, JOHN LOMAS

Basford United striker and ex-Stag Liam Hearn has spoken of his dream to be a Football League manager after re-joining Mansfield Town as their academy’s head of performance.

The 33-year-old striker, who will continue to play for Basford and stay on their coaching staff, said he still felt he could do a job as a player at Football League level.

But, after a taste of the hot seat when he spent the last two months of the season as interim manager at Basford, and seeing John Dempster’s progress to first team boss at Mansfield, Hearn knows what he wants to do.

He said: “I will still be playing for Basford. I’ll still get the boots on after I’ve dusted them off a little. I am looking forward to this year. I feel great. I am in really good shape at the minute.


“I think I have now learned to look after my body a little bit better and not just go diving in as I used to.

“I am really excited for the season ahead. I am excited to be playing - but my future is in coaching.

“I can learn from all the coaches at Mansfield - there are so many knowledgable people you can bounce ideas off. I am in a great position.

“I want to see how things work, take it all in, and progress as a person, progress in my qualifications, and see where it takes me.”

On his playing career, he said: “It’s not my future.

“Don’t get me wrong. It would be a dream to get back out there in the Football League.

“I look at a lot of players now and the age is going up. And I do genuinely think I could still do it. But I would be stupid if I thought that was anything other than a distant dream now.

“The dream of mine is to be in Demps’ position in five or 10 years - that would be amazing.

“I take my hat off to him. He deserves it, and later on down the line, hopefully that will be me.”

Hearn enjoyed his brief time in the Basford manager’s chair, saying: “It was really good. We went 15 games unbeaten, which was a luxury as I know it can get difficult.

“We spoke about potential coaching jobs at Basford with the first team, but I was very reluctant.

“Even though I’m too young, the chairman spoke to me about it but I said I’m not ready for that yet. I need way more experience.

“I think Demps has gone the right way about it at Mansfield. He has learned his trade in the academy and built it up.

“You look at what he has achieved and it’s fantastic to see him get the opportunity with the first team. I think he thoroughly deserves it.

“Maybe my time will come. But not for a while yet.”

Hearn remembers Dempster showing future managerial qualities when he was a played, adding: “He had that calmness and he is not so hot-headed to just dive in there.

“He will sit back and think about it. He is a great guy - deceivingly funny - and a very positive person. When you’ve got those attributes it always helps.

“I think he will bring something new to the game which I think is much-needed.”

Hearn is loving his return to Mansfield, where he spent a year as a player - mostly sidelined with a knee injury.

“I think everything happens for the right reason. I’ve grown so much since my time at Mansfield and have just finished my residential on my A licence.

“I’ve walked into a really good academy and I want to repay the faith the club had in me through my injury as a player.

“The club supported me then and since and it’s great to come back in another capacity and help the academy grow even stronger.”

At Mansfield, Hearn will be working alongside the U18s and U21s coaches and also also aim to improve players in specific positions within the academy.?He was delighted to get the nod for the job, saying: “With the gaffer moving to the first team, Coops (Richard Cooper - new academy manager) then stepped up and a few people got promotions which opened up this position for someone else.

“Through the work I have been doing and the relationship I have always had with Mansfield I was fortunately the one to be offered it and gladly took it.

“It’s great to see the chairman has retained everyone I knew from when I was here as it’s a family and it’s great to be part of it.”

He added: “I will be based between the ground and Brooksby College, helping the coaches, working off Coops and trying to keep things very structured.

“Coops is big on delegating. Mansfield have got massive plans for the academy and he has so much work to do.

“So I have been invited in to help him with the load a bit. I am loving the challenge and it’s now all systems go. This is now a really good academy.

“I think this year we can get promotion to League One with the gaffer and I think the academy is in the right place to kick on as well.”


Basford United Educational Football Academy Announcement
By Chris Munroe, Monday 24 June 2019

Steve Chettle will head up the Educational Academy as Liam Hearn leaves his Academy role for Mansfield Town FC.

Basford are delighted to report that our newly appointed 1st team manager Steve Chettle will also assume the position of Head of Football Educational Academy in addition to Steve’s primary role as Basford United 1st team manager.

However It is with regret for Basford United Football Educational Academy that Liam Hearn has decided to take up a full time Academy coaching role at Mansfield Town FC, & so relinquishes his Academy Full time role from immediate. Liam did an excellent job with our Academy during 2018-19, with the Elite group reaching the National League Cup Final but suffering penalty heartbreak in the loss to South Shields Academy.

Liam though remains very integral to Basford United & remains as Steve’s Number 2 at Basford & 1st team head coach alongside Dom Roma & Michael Leslie.

Liam also remains a very important player in Steve’s 2019-20 squad.

Our club philosophy of promoting progression totally stands for managers/Players/Scholars and so we wish Liam all the very best in his new role.


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Jack returns to Stags as youth coach
mansfieldtown.net, 12 April 2019

Former Stags’ midfielder Jack Thomas has returned to the club in a full-time capacity as a youth performance coach, we are pleased to announce.

Jack, from Mansfield Woodhouse, re-joins the highly-acclaimed academy from which he graduated as a player.


At just 17 years old, Jack made his professional debut as a substitute in our 3-0 home victory over Rochdale in April 2014.

He captained our youth team in 2013/14, where he impressed on a regular basis and helped us to a second-placed finish in the FCYA (Midland Division).

Jack impressed when given the chance in the starting XI of then manager Adam Murray - notably scoring in a defeat to Portsmouth at One Call Stadium in April of 2015.

“It’s a club that means a lot to me. I couldn’t turn this chance down."

Now a player at Basford United in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division, the 22-year-old will work under coach Richard Cooper in the development of players in our under 21s and youth teams.

On his return to One Call Stadium in his new youth coaching role, Jack said: “It’s a club that means a lot to me. I couldn’t turn this chance down.

“The academy nurtured me into a professional footballer and this gives me a great opportunity to give something back to the club.

“It’s a club which is on the up in all areas. The first team under the gaffer (David Flitcroft) are doing unbelievably well and a lot of credit also must go to the chairman (John Radford) for his investment into many different areas of the club to strengthen the set-up.

“It’s an exciting time to be back at Mansfield and I’m really looking forward to help develop the players at the academy.”



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