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4th November 2020 20:28

Mansfield Town closing in on next manager . . . and he could be in place for the weekend
chad.co.uk, Monday 2nd November 2020

Mansfield Town could announce their new manager in time for Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie at Sunderland, Chad understands.

Former Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough is the bookies favourite to replace Graham Coughlan.

It is believed that the club’s chief executive David Sharpe is in the final stages of the interview process and is expected to be in a position to recommend his choice to owners John and Carolyn Radford later this week.


Mr. Sharpe has been tasked with recruiting the Stags’ new boss, following Graham Coughlan’s departure as manager on 27 October following a winless start to the season.

Sharpe has an excellent record of appointments at his previous club Wigan Athletic, where the club won two League One promotions under his reign as executive chairman.


02 Nov 2020
twitter Alan Nixon @reluctantnicko

Clough favourite for a reason ...

(in answer to: any idea who Mansfield are looking at for their next manager)


David Sharpe instagram, 01 Nov 2020


01 Nov 2020
twitter Alan Nixon @reluctantnicko

Mansfield. Search for boss should heat up this week. Won’t be Cook (never in frame). Alexander probably too soon. Likely to speak to 2-3 out of work types shortly.


Sun on Sunday or Sunday Mirror, 01 Nov 2020
Mansfield's search for a new manager is centering on Graham Alexander and Simon Grayson.
Both out-of-work bosses are set for talks with the Stags.
Alexander has just left Salford while ex-Blackpool chief Grayson turned down a post at Wigan and may prefer a higer-level job.


Where do Mansfield Town turn next?
by James Richards, D3D4 Football, 28th October 2020


There must be something in the air in Nottinghamshire. The county has seen the only sackings in the EFL this season after Nottingham Forest dispensed with Sabri Lamouchi in October, Mansfield Town have followed suit 22 days later.

Graham Coughlan was sacked last night by the League Two club after failing to win any of his first nine league games of 2020/21 despite, on paper, having a squad of enviable talent.

The former Bristol Rovers boss took a risk when leaving the Gas last season. They were sat fourth in League One and had looked like a side that could mount a decent play-off challenge, yet the desire to be closer to home took him down a division to a side that had underachieved badly.

The Stags missed out on promotion in 2018/19 on the final day after an insipid performance at Stadium MK saw Milton Keynes Dons leapfrog them into the last automatic promotion spot. John Radford decided change was needed and dispensed with the services of David Flitcroft shortly after they crashed out of the play-offs on penalties to Newport.

The internal appointment of youth coach John Dempster backfired badly and the Stags looked to Coughlan to get them out of the mess of their own making.

Despite talking a good game, evidence of improvement just never materialised. The Irishman only won four of his 24 league games in charge, taking 24 points from a possible 72.

As much as we advocate managers needing time, there has to be signs of improvement for that to be a realistic prospect yet Coughlan persisted with the same tactics, formation and, almost, the same lineup.

It was like a groundhog day of poor defending and lack of creativity despite having proven goal scorers and midfielders like Harry Charsley and George Maris on the books.

So, the big question…who do the Stags turn to next? They are a club that will have out of work managers queueing around the block to have their CV read.

This is an outfit who back their coaches to the hilt, have more patience than many and a lot of ambition which they back with hard cash. Who wouldn’t want to work for this club?

So here are a few names that could well be top of the Field Mill shopping list as we head into November.

Danny Cowley
This is a reach. The Cowley brothers are Championship quality managers but D3D4 Football understands that they are keeping a very open mind about their next move.

If the Stags ownership can convince this talented duo that there is a long-term project to be had in Nottinghamshire, where they will be given time to reshape the team from top to bottom, then you never know.

Nigel Clough
This seems to be a popular choice with the fans. Clough is local and worked wonders during his time at Burton Albion. He also has experience of managing big characters and personalities after spending four years at Pride Park with Derby County.

He would almost certainly be interested and could be a man to galvanise a support base that has become disillusioned with performances over the last 18-months.

Paul Cook
This has to be the one most people will expect to land. Paul Cook has an excellent record - he has taken Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan to promotions and would have remained in the Championship with the Latics if it was not for their unfortunate ownership issues that derailed their 2019/20 campaign.

He has worked with David Sharpe, Mansfield’s current director of football, at Wigan where they won promotion and the League One title in 2017/18 and this connection could see the pair link up again at Field Mill. With Cook’s record in management, his appointment would certainly be seen as a coup.

Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst was hot property after he guided Shrewsbury Town to the EFL Trophy and League One Play-off final in 2017/18. His move to Ipswich proved to be the wrong move at the wrong time and his move to Scunthorpe was brought to an end prematurely after he fell out with owner Peter Swann just as the club were making progress.

Despite his falling stock, Hurst is still a very capable manager who should be given full consideration by the Radford’s as they cast their net for the next appointment.

Keith Hill
Keith is another manager with loads of experience and an impressive record. He took Rochdale to League One, something no one had done before and to Wembley, again something no one had ever achieved.

He is an excellent manager and will likely be in the thinking of the Stags owners, but would perhaps be considered a long-shot considering the other names on this list.

Paul Tisdale
Has Tisdale become the forgotten man? If he has, then it is to the detriment of EFL clubs. It was his MK Dons side that condemned Mansfield to the play-offs two years ago and he has a great record both in terms of style and with success. He is a thoughtful, patient manager who will almost certainly improve a club like Mansfield. Whether or not he gets a look in remains to be seen, but expect his name to be strongly linked.


Sean Taylor @seantaylorpress
Former #spireites boss Paul Cook on #stags radar to replace Graham Coughlan.

Mansfield interested in appointing Paul Cook as new manager
By PA Staff, fourfourtwo.com, 28th October 2020

Mansfield are considering an audacious attempt to lure former Wigan boss Paul Cook to Field Mill as their new manager, the PA news agency understands.

Stags director of football David Sharpe brought Cook to Wigan in 2017 during his spell as chairman at the DW Stadium and it is hoped that connection could see Mansfield pull off what would be a coup for the League Two club.

However, Cook’s stock is high following his three-year stint with the Latics, where he won the League One title in 2018 and almost kept the club in the Championship last season against all odds.

Wigan looked set for another campaign in the Championship before a 12-point deduction for entering administration plunged them into relegation trouble.


However, Cook rallied his players and they took their fight for survival to the final day of the campaign but a 1-1 draw with Fulham saw them go down. A win would have seen the Latics stay up.

Cook’s team lost only one of their last 15 Championship matches and such results, with limited resources, saw him become the subject of interest from both Birmingham and Bristol City this summer, following his resignation from financially troubled Wigan in August.

The 53-year-old was interviewed for the Bristol City job but they opted to appoint former assistant and caretaker boss Dean Holden.

Mansfield are looking for a new manager after sacking Graham Coughlan following a 4-2 home defeat to Barrow on Tuesday.

The Stags were one of the favourites for promotion before the season started but have yet to win a game and are 22nd in the table, with just five points from nine matches.

Cook is an ambitious target but he has managed in League Two before with Accrington, Chesterfield and Portsmouth, winning the title with the Spireites in 2014 and with Pompey in 2017.

He may be reluctant to drop back down to that level following his exploits in the Championship, while it remains to be seen whether Stags fans would welcome the idea of a manager who did so well at their bitter rivals Chesterfield.

Academy manager Richard Cooper has been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs and will be in the dugout when Mansfield host Walsall on Saturday


Exclusive: Crystal Palace coach in contention for Mansfield job
footballinsider247.com, By Russell Edge, 28th October 2020

Crystal Palace development coach Shaun Derry is in contention to become the new Mansfield Town manager, Football Insider understands.

The Stags are currently without a head coach after the club confirmed they had parted ways with Graham Coughlan on Tuesday following their poor start to the season.

A source at Field Mill has told Football Insider that former Notts County and Cambridge Town boss Derry is now in the frame to take charge of the League Two outfit.


The 42-year-old is currently a coach in Palace’s academy, having returned to his old club back in September 2019.

The former midfielder played 216 times for the Eagles over two separate spells at Selhurst Park, while he also features for the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United and Portsmouth.

He hung up his boots back in 2013 and took on his first management role at Notts County in November that year.

He helped the Magpies avoid relegation from League One but was relieved of his duties in March 2015 after winning just three times in 24 games.

His next role in the dugout came at Cambridge, where he spent two and a half years before leaving by mutual consent.

After a spell as a coach under Karl Robinson at Oxford United, Derry made the move back to Crystal Palace but is now in contention to return to first-team management with Mansfield.