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COUGHLAN AND MENAYESE PREVIEW NEWPORT GAME
6th October 2020 0:11


Manager praises owners on ‘phenomenal’ decade
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 01 Oct 2020

Manager Graham Coughlan has labelled chairman John Radford and co-chairwoman Carolyn Radford as ‘different class’ and ‘unbelievable,’ in a week where the club reflected on a decade under their ownership.

The manager spoke in a news conference on Thursday afternoon and was quick to praise the owners after they reached ten years at the helm with the Stags in late September.

The boss described the job done by John and Carolyn Radford as ‘phenomenal.’

“They [John and Carolyn Radford] have been different class - they’ve been unbelievable, to be fair. They’ve been supportive, they drive you, they push you and that’s something that I enjoy,” he told iFollow Stags.

“Any time you speak to them, they always finish off with ‘how can we support you?’ or ‘can we do any more for you?’ That’s the nature of them.

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“What they’ve done at the football club has been phenomenal to be honest with you, not only at the club but in the town.

“I’m sure I speak for every manager who has sat in front of this camera, every coach and every player who has pulled on that yellow jersey, we’d obviously like to thank them for what they’ve done to a very special football club.

“They turned it around and fingers crossed they have another ten years of success.”

Ahead of this weekend’s game against Newport, Graham Coughlan says he expects his side to ‘react’ from their last outing, a 2-1 defeat against Exeter.

“I’d like to see us do the basics better,” he added. “I’d like us to be quicker, sharper and a little more fluid than we were last week [against Exeter].

“I want us to stick to the game plan and the patterns of play that we work on all week. But I’ve said to the players, ‘if we’re not going to play well, make sure we take something out of the game.’

“But let’s not rip the process up and start from scratch - we have been making progress. That elusive victory will come, and after that I think it’ll be a fair judgement.

“Everybody is hurting, the players none more so, so I am expecting a reaction from them. The tide will turn and this group will galvanise themselves. I think this group will certainly react.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s game at Rodney Parade, he said: “You have to counteract their [Newport’s] physicality and their quality. They are a tough team and a tough nut to crack.”

“They’ve had a real good run. It’s a tough game, a tough place to go and they play some nice football. They can mix the game up physically as well.

“We’ll have to stand toe-to-toe with them, battle them and fight them. If you don’t do the basics right and the battle, you’ll get walked all over.

“They have some confidence and momentum behind them, so they will be a juggernaut that we’ll need to stop.”

Meanwhile, the manager confirmed James Perch would be available for this weekend’s fixture after being unavailable last Saturday.

To watch Graham Coughlan’s interview in full, log in to mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.

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Mansfield Town boss knows his side will need to be up for the fight at Newport County
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 1st October 2020

Graham Coughlan knows Mansfield Town will need to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and battle when they face Newport at the weekend.

Stags travel to South Wales in search of their first three points of the League Two season.

They face an Exiles side full of confidence after having taken Newcastle United to penalties in the League Cup.

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And Coughlan knows his side will need to display all their fighting qualities and get some luck if they are to leave Rodney Parade with the win.

“We need to stick together as a group, we want and need a bit of luck or a break of the ball - it has been tough,” he said.

“We will deal with it and carry. We would like to be Newport’s shoes.

"We are in the infancy. Newport are a strong team who will be a tough test and a battle. We will need our tin hats on and to roll our sleeves up to fight.

“We know what they are all about; they are always really tough and battle hardened. It is going to be a big ask, but we have to start somewhere.”

And Coughlan is also retaining the faith in his players to get the ball rolling.

“They just need to keep working hard,” he said. “I believe we are building and working towards something.

“I believe in the group and what we are trying to do.

“The players knew they should have got something out of Saturday and were really hurting.

“That has come out in training this week. We didn't play well last week, it was one of the worst ones over the last 4-5 games, but we still created chances which is a positive.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we just need a break of the ball and a bit of luck.

“Getting the first win is not something we are constantly talking about.

“We have discussed what we are doing. It will fall for us and we will get some look and win a game, it is how we react after that which counts.

“When I won this league as a player we didn't win in the first five so I'm not going depressed about it and we will respond.

“This time lasts year I had one point as manager

“I'm very confident as are the rest of the boys. We know where we need to improve, the club was 21st last season and it's difficult to pick ourselves up from there but we will get there.”

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Mansfield Town boss Graham Coughlan staying calm as Stags search for first league win
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 1st October 2020

Stags boss Graham Coughlan is remaining calm as his side search for their first win of the campaign.

Mansfield travel to Newport County on Saturing having drawn two of their first three League Two matches.

But Coughlan knows it’s early days and is confident the quality of his side will eventually shine through.

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“We can't get too down about it or too beaten up,” he said. “We want to win every week and that's what we are focusing on.

“A lot of us can see beyond and see the bigger picture. We won't get too down, I'm very confident that it will come sooner rather than later.

“I'm big enough to know what football is if we didn't start winning. We don't want to give us too much to do, but it is very early.

“I will wait until 8-10 games before I start to judge, panic or think about what we do next.”

And Coughlan believes the work-rate and desire of the players will see his side good in time.

“If only you could see the work the lads do in training, the talent they have and effort they put in, he added. “There is plenty of good work being done and that has to pay off.

“The mindset of the place wasn't in a good place and when you bring new players together that naturally takes time.

“I'm the worst person in the world to talk to about time. I want it here and now like the fans.

“It's not just a football team we are trying to fix, we are trying to lay down foundations.

“We are trying to build a club here. I want to take it on and build but I will only be judged on results and not on what is in the background.”

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Graham Coughlan pays tribute to John and Carolyn Radford after ten years in charge of Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday 1st October 2020

Stags boss Graham Coughlan has described owners John and Carolyn Radford as ‘different class.’

The Radfords celebrated ten years as Mansfield Town owners this week following a decade which has seen significant progress on and off the pitch.

And Coughlan was quick to pay a glowing tribute to John and Carolyn for their drive and commitment in taking Mansfield Town forward.

“The Radfords are vital for both the club and town, they have been different class,” he said.

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“They are driven and supportive and really push you. They want better and have high standards.

“What they have put in place at this club is remarkable and I’m thankful for the opportunity.

“Every time you speak to them they always ask what they can do to help me and that is different class to me.

“I'm sure I speak for the squad and every fan or previous manager that they have been brilliant.

“To put together what they have is exceptional. No one has anything bad to say about them, ]they keep pushing you on and they are hungry for more.

“When they get one win they want another win. Great teams are built on that - they want success.”

The Radfords took over Stags on 29th September 2010 and quickly put the foundations in place to turn around the ailing fortunes of cash-strapped Stags.

Field Mill was purchased from former owner Keith Haslam by the Radfords in March 2012.

And they celebrated promotion to the Football League a season later after a memorable title win

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Defender speaks ahead of Newport clash
mansfieldtown.net, Thur 01 Oct 2020

Centre-back Rollin Menayese says that ‘small margins’ are standing between the Stags and their first victory of the season.

The defender has appeared in every competitive match for the amber and blue this term after joining from Bristol Rovers in the summer.

Menayese says that Mansfield have the players ‘capable’ of producing an upturn in form.

“I feel like the start to the season could have been better - as a collective we think that we could’ve taken a couple more chances,” he said.

“We just have to look forward to the next game and try to put things right. There are moments in games where we dominate and we should try to maintain that for longer.

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“The first game [Tranmere] was a good start to the campaign, the second game [Leyton Orient] was disappointing to be 2-0 up and to concede two late on.

“It’s just small margins that we need to work on to improve and we have the players that are capable of putting that right.

“I feel like the majority of the time, we’ve defended well. It’s just the small margins we need to improve on, to tighten up at the back.”

Last time out, the defender scored his first professional goal, something he describes as a bittersweet moment after the Stags fell to a 2-1 defeat against Exeter.

“On a personal note I was delighted to score as it was my first professional goal, so it meant a lot to me and my family.

“But obviously it was disappointing to not get the three points at the end. We’ve analysed the game and we hope to put it right next week.”

The 22-year-old was one of 11 new faces to sign for Mansfield over the summer, and believes that the new recruits are starting to gel on the training field.

“There is a good changing room [here] and there is experience in the changing room as well. The boys are very confident - we’re not going to let one defeat get us down.

“Everyone is ready to make sure that it doesn’t happen again this week. I feel like training is always intense and they [training sessions] do feel like games.

“I just feel like on matchdays, we need to concentrate and be more relaxed in possession. If we do that, you will see what we’ve been working on in training come through on matchdays.

“I feel it’s natural when a new group comes together for it to take time, but we can’t make excuses. We need to go out there on Saturday and put on a performance to get a result.

“But partnerships are starting to form and players are starting to gel. We’re starting to understand each other’s games a little better.”

Menayese says he is ‘looking forward’ to this weekend’s game in Newport, a place he knows well after growing up in South Wales.

The defender, who appeared against the Exiles on loan at Swindon in 2018, said: “I played against them [Newport] with Swindon. I’m looking forward to going back as I grew up watching them.

“It’s always a game I’ll look forward to and hopefully we can get a result. They are a very confident team with a few wins under our belt.

“You know when you go down there you’re not going to have an easy day, so as a defender you have to be switched on and ready for whatever they throw at us.

“I think we’re capable of going there and getting three points. I feel like if everyone is at it, we’re more than capable of getting a result there.

“But it won’t be an easy game as they are a good side in good form.”

To watch Rollin Menayese’s interview in full, log in to mansfieldtown.net/ifollow later today.

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Rollin Menayese confident Mansfield Town have the players to turn things around
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill

Defender Rollin Menayese is confident Mansfield Town are not far off where they need to be despite no wins this term.

Stags face a tricky trip to face Newport County at the weekend as they look to register their first League Two victory of the campaign.

But Menayese remains full of belief that Mansfield have got what it takes to put things right.

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“It’s just small margins that we need to work on to improve and we have the players that are capable of putting that right,” he said.

“I feel like the majority of the time, we’ve defended well. It’s just the small margins we need to improve on, to tighten up at the back.”

“We just have to try to put things right. There are moments in games where we dominate and we should try to maintain that for longer.

“There is a good changing room [here] and there is experience in the changing room as well. The boys are very confident - we’re not going to let one defeat get us down.

“Everyone is ready to make sure that it doesn’t happen again this week. I feel like training is always intense and training sessions do feel like games.”

Meyanese knows everyone will need to stay switched on against a confident Exiles side.

“It’s always a game I’ll look forward to and hopefully we can get a result,” he said. “They are a very confident team with a few wins under our belt.

“You know when you go down there you’re not going to have an easy day, so as a defender you have to be switched on and ready for whatever they throw at us.

“I think we’re capable of going there and getting three points. I feel like if everyone is at it, we’re more than capable of getting a result there.

“But it won’t be an easy game as they are a good side in good form.”

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