THREE-YEAR DEAL FOR WATKISS
Stags secure new three-year deal with Watkiss
CHAD website, 8 Aug 2002
Mansfield Town have completed probably their most important signing of the summer - a new three-year deal for manager Stuart Watkiss.
Watkiss was thrown in at the deep end when in January when Billy Dearden quit to take over Notts County at a time when Stags had put themselves into a good position for a promotion challenge.
Things could have gone either way for the rookie boss but he was always confident in his ability and it proved justified when they celebrated promotion.
"I have been very pleased with Stuart," said chairman Keith Haslam.
"We have worked well together and this is probably the most important relationship in a football club. If the manager and chairman don't get on then it's never going to work.
"There were a lot of people who thought Stuart was too inexperienced but I had faith in him and he has done a good job.
"This is a major signing for us and gives us continuity."
Watkiss added: "I am pleased to get my future sorted out and I can now fully focus on team affairs.
"I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to hopefully take this club forwards.
"I served my apprenticeship with three years with the youth team and another six months as assistant manager.
"The fact that I worked with a large propertion of this squad at youth level and know them all inside out as characters and their football ability was a major factor in me getting the job in the first place.
"Now I am just determined to take it all a step further."
Meanwhile, Iyseden Christie passed a medical and signed for a year this afternoon.
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