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Mansfield Town management team outline their hopes at fans' forum
chad.co.uk, by MARK DUFFY, Monday 29 July 2019
Mansfield Town boss John Dempster has been talking about his hopes for the new campaign at a specially-arranged fans' forum.
Dempster and his assistant Lee Glover appeared in front of fans at the One Call Stadium to discuss their tenure so far and answer questions from supporters on the upcoming season.
Among the topics discussed were the Stags' pre-season tour, which Dempster felt delighted with both in regard to on and off the pitch, plus transfer news with the Stags boss not expecting any further incomings before the season opener this weekend.
Glover spoke about his time playing under Brian Clough, while the duo both spoke in glowing terms about their pride in having taken the job on at Mansfield and also praised the supporters, with those in attendance impressed by what the duo had to say throughout the evening.
John Dempster content with his Mansfield Town squad and says more signings are not expected
chad.co.uk, by MARK DUFFY, Tuesday 30 July 2019
John Dempster has told Mansfield Town supporters that he doesn’t expect to make any more signings ahead of Saturday’s opener at Newport County.
The Stags have brought in several new faces over the summer, and at a fans forum at the One Call Stadium on Monday night, Dempster confirmed he is happy with the squad assembled so far.
He said: “We’ve got some players in there who are new and fresh, some players who have been here for a season or two that have got a point to prove after the way last season finished, and we’ve also got some players that have been here for a number of years now that are desperate for the club to do well. They’ve been great servants but want to go to the next step as well.”
Of the signings made so far, Dempster outlined the qualities he feel they will bring.
He said: “Andy Cook will give us a physical presence I felt we lacked at times last season and who can compete a bit more aerially as well as somone we can bounce balls off and work with the midfielders.
“Nicky Maynard is a goalscorer and with Tyler Walker having left will help fill that void, while Dion Donohue is a player I’ve admired from afar and is a very good footballer and good on the ball.
He also can play left back which will give us cover there, which is also what the another new signing Kellan Gordon will offer down the right. He is also a great young prospect.”
'Cups will be important' say Mansfield Town management team
chad.co.uk, by MARK DUFFY
Mansfield Town's supporters deserve a good run in one of the main cup competitions, according to the Stags' management team.
Speaking at a special fans' forum held at the One Call Stadium on Monday night, the pair agreed that the FA Cup and Carabao Cup will be of high importance to Stags this season, while the Checkatrade Trophy will be used to give young players valuable game time.
And Glover in particular spoke highly of how important the cups can be.
He said: "I think the cup competitions have been neglected over the last ten or 20 years now and I don't think that's right.
"What's wrong with going as strong as you can? If the fans get a day out to places like Man City and so on then it is a day out you remember forever, and a chance for fans to see the other stadiums or for the big teams to come here.
"So I think we have to be very respectful of the cups."
Dempster added: "I think it's been a while since the club has had a decent cup run and it would be brilliant to have a decent run in the FA Cup.
"We see the Checkatrade Trophy as an opportunity to allow ourselves, without disrespecting the competition, to give some of the under-21s and those that haven't had the game time they've wanted, a chance to impress.
"I'd also be keen to have a run in the Carabao Cup too."
Mansfield have been drawn at home to Morecambe in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, August 13, while in the Checkatrade Trophy they have been drawn in a group alongside Burton Albion, Crewe Alexandra and Everton U23s.
Lee Glover believes staying focused will be key in Mansfield Town's promotion quest
chad.co.uk, by MARK DUFFY
Lee Glover says ensuring Mansfield Town keep their focus will be key to any chances of promotion.
Whilst working with Doncaster Rovers last season, the new Stags assistant manager saw several matches involving Mansfield and saw them fall from automatic promotion favourites to play-off losers.
And he’s keen to not let that happen again.
He said: “I came to a few games last season and I could see there was a change, probably from Christmas onwards.
“It was hard to put a finger on it but they didn’t seem as fluid or as confident, which happens at a lot of clubs.
“You could see it slowly ebbing away from them, even in the play-offs, so it must have been tough to experience from the inside.
“We have to make sure that day in, day out in training we are at our maximum, don’t let up on the lads and keep pushing them.
“You have to always build to the next game. You can’t affect what’s happened before but with the whole squad on board and concentrating on the job in hand, we can go one better.”
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