DEMPSTER ON ROSE INTEREST AND DAVIES
Manager ‘extremely satisfied’ with new signing
mansfieldtown.net, Tues 2 July 2019
Stags’ manager John Dempster says that new signing Nicky Maynard displayed ‘outstanding’ finishing during this morning’s training session in Portugal, adding that he is ‘really looking forward’ to working with the striker.
The 32-year-old forward finalised his deal with the Stags after arriving in Amendoeira last night, and trained with his new team-mates for the first time this morning.
The Mansfield boss says that Maynard left a good impression on his fellow players following his first training session with the amber and blue.
“I’m extremely satisfied [with the signing of Nicky Maynard],” said John Dempster. “As soon as I spoke to him directly about the football side of things, he had some really interesting questions about how we’re going to play and our targets.
“I think he’s going to fit right in. He’s already trained this morning, and looking at his stats, you can clearly see he’s been a busy boy throughout the summer.
“He’s one of the fittest in the squad from the stats today and his finishing today was outstanding. I think the players were very impressed with his performance.
“The CEO [Carolyn Radford] had a big part in it, getting the deal over the line. My job was to sell the club to Nicky and talk to him about what I expect from a football point of view.
“I’m delighted to get him into our squad today. The way he performed last season, if you look at his record, his goal ratio was right up there with the best.
“The owners played a big part with how supportive they’ve been of me. This club does things properly, and people want to be a part of it.
“It was good to see Nicky when he arrived last night. The captain, Krystian Pearce, came to meet him, and we had a good chat.
“He’s looking forward to getting to know the players personally, and I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“He [Maynard] is a finisher. He’s very clever with his movement - I suppose you could describe him as a fox in the box.
“He will get on the end of things, whether that be good play from our players who are assisting him, or making the most of defenders’ mistakes.
“I looked at a lot of his goals from last season and they were from nothing. He’ll be a big part of our build-up play and the finishing phase, and he’ll also make goals from nothing.”
John Dempster also revealed his plans to strengthen an already impressive Mansfield squad, and also commented on further interest from two League Two clubs in striker Danny Rose, after it was revealed that owners John and Carolyn Radford rejected a bid for the 25-year-old last week.
“We might look to add more numbers in attack,” he added. “This [Maynard] will be the last out-and-out centre-forward that we’ll bring in, but we’re still in the market and looking at players. We’re looking to add over the next week or so.
“I think we could do with some competition down the right-side. I’d like to get some pace down that side.
“We also might add something in the middle of the pitch - someone who can play in a number of positions, to give us that flexibility, depending on which formation we play.
“I’ve had a couple of phone calls from two League Two clubs again [concerning Danny Rose]. They’re not official bids, but they’re showing a little bit of interest.
“It just shows you how highly thought of Danny is. But, as I’ve previously stated, I’d love Danny to be one of my strikers.
“He brings a lot to the table and a lot to the building. Looking at him this week, he is a very popular member of the squad and his finishing this week has been outstanding.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
The manager also provided an injury update on striker Craig Davies, who has not travelled with the Stags’ squad to their training base in Portugal.
“The plan is to have four good strikers [fit], and we have Danny Rose, Cooky [Andy Cook], Nicky Maynard, and I also think CJ [Hamilton] could do a job up top as well.
“Craig [Davies] has had a little bit of a setback, as he’s been feeling some pain in one of his ankles. We thought it would be sensible for him to stay [in England] with the academy physio and work at the outstanding facilities at Brooksby [Melton College].
“Davo was in agreement with that, and he felt that it would be more beneficial for him to work there for this week.
“We’re hoping that he will be back sooner rather than later, but we need to make sure that he’s 100 percent when he comes back. When he returns, he’ll be someone that brings a lot to the table as well.
“We also have the younger strikers within the squad - Jordan Graham is coming back from injury, and we’ve had the emergence of Jimmy Knowles, who has trained well this week with the older pro’s.
“It was always the plan to have four senior strikers that are fit and well to attack this next campaign.”
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Boss provides update on Portugal schedule
Mansfield boss John Dempster has provided an update on what the next few days in Portugal will consist of for the Stags, adding that he plans to continually ‘increase intensity’ up until the opening match of the season against Newport County.
The amber and blue arrived in Amendoeira on Thursday 27 June for a ten-day intensive camp that has already included a behind-closed-doors match against Glasgow Rangers, and will feature an inter-squad game and a further training match against Championship side Swansea City.
Stags’ manager John Dempster explained what the next few days of the trip to Portugal will consist of for the players, and spoke in further detail of Friday’s inter-squad fixture.
“We’re due to out this [Tuesday] afternoon and do some out-of-possession work after doing some shooting this morning,” he said, speaking to iFollow Stags yesterday afternoon.
“Tomorrow [Wednesday] will be a bit more of a down day because the boys have worked really hard.
“The boys will have an opportunity to play golf, use the gym, potentially go into town. But we’ll still be doing some gym work.
“Thursday and Friday will be used to prepare for the Swansea match we’ve got on Saturday. There will be some physical work done between now and then.
“The likelihood is that we’ll play two XIs [in Friday’s inter-squad match], because we’re still in the early parts of pre-season. The boys were exceptional against Rangers, and we came through unscathed which was really important.
“If we can get 45 minutes work into some of our more senior players and also introduce some of our under-21 players in amongst it, I think that will be the plan.
“The plan is to play two 45 minutes [on Friday], so that intensity will increase a little bit more than from the Rangers game, where we played three 30s [minute periods].
“That’s the plan, to increase the intensity between now and when we kick off against Newport [on the opening day of the season].”
The manager revealed that a back-four was utilised in Saturday’s behind-closed-doors clash against Glasgow Rangers, yet he plans to instil a flexibility into his defence, which will allow him to interchange between a back-three and back-four.
“The players are being judged every day, and even more so in the games,” he added. “We’ll be looking at [using] a back-three on Saturday - we played with a back-four against Rangers, which the boys coped with really well.
“I’d like to have that flexibility to play with a [back] four or three this season. We have three outstanding senior pro’s that can play in a back-three.
“[We have] Ryan Sweeney - who has been immense this week - and obviously KP [Krystian Pearce], the Chief - a brilliant leader - and Matty Preston, who is an absolute beast.
“I’d be a fool not to use that back-three when you look at the [defensive] record last season. But we’re also going to have that flexibility to go between the two.”
Earlier it was revealed that Stags’ fans will have an opportunity to meet and chat with the first team players for 30 minutes following Friday’s inter-squad match at the home of Guia Football Club, as a gesture of thanks from John Dempster to those who have travelled.
The manager added that he has been pleased to already speak with a few of the Stags’ faithful in Portugal, and is looking forward to meeting more of the supporters on Friday.
“We’ve already seen three or four [fans] on their travels, which has been brilliant to catch up with them.
“I had a good chat with a nice gentleman at the airport as well, which was really positive.
“It will be great to see them [fans, on Friday]. The Friday session will go into a game, but it will be mostly match preparation for the Swansea game.
“Obviously we can’t do too much, because we want the players to be raring to go on Saturday.”
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Mansfield Town boss John Dempster already purring over new boy Nicky Maynard’s finishing prowess
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster was left purring over new signing Nicky Maynard’s finishing after the former Bury star’s first training session.
The 32-year-old signed for Mansfield on Tuesday after flying out to their pre-season training camp in Portugal and Dempster was immediately impressed with his new acquisition.
“Nicky trained with us and, looking at his stats, he has clearly been a busy boy throughout the summer. He is one of the fittest in the squad from those stats.
“Some of his finishing today was outstanding too and I think the players were very impressed by his first performance.
“If you look at his record he started the season a bit later in September, but his goal ratio was right up there with the best - and he is another player that wasn’t on penalties either.
“His goals were from open play and he will bring a lot to the table.
“He is a finisher. He has very clever movement and I suppose you could describe him as a fox in the box.
“Nicky will land on things whether we have created something or he is making the most of defenders’ mistakes. A lot of his goals last season were from nothing.”
With Plymouth and former Bury boss Ryan Lowe looking favourite to sign the much-wanted striker, Dempster smiled: “I am not sure how we’ve pulled it off really.
“I think the CEO had a big part in getting the deal over the line.
“My job really was to sell the club to Nicky and talk to him about what I expect from a football point of view.
“The owners have played a big part in how supportive they’ve been of me.
“The current squad is a big factor as well. Players look at the players we’ve got and want an opportunity to play alongside them to try to achieve our goal.
“This club does things properly and it is a big motivation for players. You look at our new training ground and we are out here in Portugal with unbelievable facilities. People want to be part if it.”
Maynard certainly arrived in Portugal in style after CEO Carolyn Radford picked him up from the airport in a Rolls Royce.
“I think he quite enjoyed the welcome and it was good to see him arrive,” smiled Dempster.
“I am extremely satisfied. It feels like weeks and weeks that I have been pursuing Nicky.
“The references he has had from people high up in the game have been outstanding and we are looking forward to working with him.
“He doesn’t know many of our players personally - it’s quite strange he hasn’t played with any of our current players as he has been around for a number of years at different clubs. But he is looking forward to getting to know them.
“As soon as I spoke to him directly about the football side of things and our new campaign, he asked me some really interesting questions about how we’re going to play, what our other targets were, and the current players in our squad, and I think he is going to fit right in.
Maynard arrives less than two weeks after Stags signed fellow prolific scorer Andy Cook from Walsall and both players are expected to figure in Saturday’s friendly against Swansea City.
Injury setback for Mansfield Town striker Craig Davies
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town striker Craig Davies has suffered a setback in his fight to be fit for the new season.
Davies missed much of last season with ankle problems that left him needing an operation and, after new problems last week, a mutual last minute decision was made to leave him behind from the pre-season training trip to Portugal.
“Craig has had a bit of a setback,” said manager John Dempster.
“He’s got some pain in one of his ankles, so we thought it would be sensible for him to stay home with the academy physio.
“We are hoping he will be back sooner than later, but we need to make sure he is 100 per cent before he does.”
No more strikers, but Mansfield Town still in the transfer market
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town have no plans to sign any more strikers this summer, but their recruitment will continue.
Nicky Maynard was the third summer signing this week after fellow striker Andy Cook and goalkeeper Aidan Stone.
Boss John Dempster said: “We’re probably not fully recruited and we will be looking to add over the next week or so.
“We may look to add more numbers attacking-wise, though I think Nicky is our last out-and-out centre forward as the plan was to have four good, senior strikers.
“But we’re still in the market, still looking at players and speaking to agents.
“I think we could so with some competition down the right hand side - I’d like to get some pace down there - and maybe someone in the middle of the pitch who can play a number of positions to give us that flexibility, depending on what formation we play.”
Interest from other clubs in Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose remains high
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Interest remains high in Mansfield town striker Danny Rose, even though the club have no plans to sell him.
Rose signed a new contract after last summer’s tug of war over him from Peterborough United, which unsettled the player.
Already this summer Stags have turned down a firm bid for him from a League Two rival and the phone is continuing to ring.
“There have been no further bids, but he is a popular man and I have had a couple of phone calls from two League Two clubs again,” confirmed manager John Dempster.
“They were not official bids, just showing a bit of interest.
“It just shows you how highly thought of Danny is.
“As previously stated I’d love Danny to be one of my four strikers.
“He brings a lot to the table and he’s different to what else we’ve got in the building.
“Looking at him this week and how he interacts with the squad, he is very popular with the players and some of his finishing has been outstanding.”
Mansfield Town to play three at the back against Swansea City as boss John Dempster gives new season formation hint
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS
Mansfield Town will go with a back three in Saturday’s pre-season practice match against Swansea City in Portugal.
The Stags fielded a 4-4-2 formation in last weekend’s secret friendly against Glasgow Rangers, but boss John Dempster will this weekend revert to the back three that served them so well last season.
He hinted he may stick with last season’s formation, due to its success, but wanted to have flexibility on also going with a four.
“Thursday and Friday will be some very physical work prepping for the Swansea game on Saturday,” he said.
“We will play two XIs in an inter-squad game over two 45-minutes on Friday.
“Then the Swansea game is all about fitness and I am still assessing the players. They are being judged every day but even more so in the game.”
He added: “We will be looking at a back three on Saturday, having played with a back four against Rangers which the boys coped with really well.
“I’d like to have that flexibility to play with a four or a three this season.
“I’d be a fool not to use that back three when you look at their record last season but we will also have that flexibility to go between the two formations.”