DEARDEN SET TO STAY AS MANAGER
Dearden set to stay as manager
CHAD website, 21 April 2007
IT is looking almost certain that Billy Dearden will be Mansfield Town boss next season.
Dearden has had his first meeting with club chief executive Keith Haslam and both parties have agreed in principle to him staying on.
They are due to meet again this week to discuss the finer points like wages, but Dearden said: "I don't see there will be any problems.
"I have spoken to the people upstairs. Nothing has been finally agreed but we did agree in principle.
"I said I wanted to stay and they said they wanted me to stop here.
"We do need to discuss money and the like - though that's not the be and end all.
"I know this football club inside out and I know the players a lot better now.
"I came here to keep this club in the League and achieved that. And I said from day one that if I enjoyed it I would consider staying next season.
"Well I have enjoyed it and am enjoying it, apart from recent results and the injury list we are having to cope with.
"But that is part and parcel of the game. And I don't think we could have done much better, all in all, recently.
"I have started talking to players about next season and I am also sorting our pre-season.
"I am looking forward to a holiday. But there won't be much time for breaks this summer.
"I have already put irons in the fire for new players and we will have to see what develops."
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