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BOOTH - MANAGER ANNOUNCEMENT WITHIN 48H
23rd March 2008 23:57


I want the Stags manager's job - Holland
Chief executive promises announcement within 48 hours
CHAD.co.uk, 17Mar08

PAUL HOLLAND is still waiting to hear if two big displays from Mansfield Town have been enough to earn him the manager's job.
Saturday's sterling 2-1 win at Bradford City further strengthened his cause, but the club have still not announced a decision on Billy Dearden's replacement, with ex-Stag Billy McEwan still thought to be in the running.

Chief executive Stephen Booth said on Monday morning he hoped to make an announcement within 48 hours.

He told Chad: "I will not be rushed into a decision. The decision has to be the right one for Mansfield Town. I hope to be making an announcement within 48 hours . . . but it is unlikely to be today.

Full story at CHAD website here

"This is going to be a very intense time for us with 10 games in seven weeks. I also have to take into account the last two performances under Paul Holland."

Booth would seem to have a choice between Holland, former York and Rotherham boss McEwan or a possible combination of the two - though that would seem unlikely given Holland's clear desire to be number one himself.

Had Stags floundered in either display since Holland took temporary charge, the decision might have been easier. But the players have produced a new lease of life and new hope of avoiding relegation and Holland said today: I want the job.

"I want to be the manager who ultimately saves Mansfield Town from going down and I believe I am the right man for the job."

And the players have also backed the former assistant manager - both on and off the pitch.

On Saturday wingman Nathan Arnold joined a growing number of players to speak publically in favour of Holland.

And today leading scorer Mickey Boulding added his voice to the campaign for 'Dutch' to be given the job.

McEwan has spoken to the club about the vacancy - created when Dearden left the Stags a week ago - and twice confirmed his interest to Chad last week.

Holland himself added on Monday morning: "If anyone new comes in it will make the job harder so let's see what happens.

"Someone new probably won't play the style we have been playing which is not the textbook style you would expect to play at the bottom, having the confidence to pass it.

"This is how our players want to play and I think the two performances have backed that up.

"I spoke to Stephen Booth numerous times over the weekend and I believe something will happen this week. He was very pleased with the performance and now the people making the decisions have to make the right one for the football club. It is a massive decision.

"I was delighted with the lads on Saturday and I enjoyed my Sunday. I have heard nothing concrete yet but I am sure I will hear one way or the other soon.

"I think the way the lads have been in the last couple of games has shown I can get us out of this mess we are in and that's what I want to do."

He added: "I am loving it and the players are playing with a smile on their faces. The fans were brilliant after the game.

"I know if I had won both gams I would be in a stronger position but the performances were there. But in three games in charge as caretaker overall I have won two and we deserved to win the other.

"It would mean everything to me. There is probably no one been associated with the club as long as me. I know the fans are concerned about our situation but no one is more concerned about it than me.

"A lot of people thought I would go with Billy (Dearden) after the Rochdale game but that out of my hands. I want to work here and I think the performances have told what the lads want to happen.

"I am continuing to talk to players and going out to watch games as if I am manager and I have planned out the week's training ahead."

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Boulding - Give Paul Holland the job
By John Lomas, CHAD.co.uk, 17Mar08
STAGS star striker Mickey Boulding shot down Bradford City with his 21st goal of the season and then said: "Give the manager's job to Paul Holland."
"Paul deserves his chance," said Boulding. "He has a lot to offer.

"Myself and Nathan Arnold are working well together up front and that is down to the formation Paul has been playing. It has made a big difference.

"He won his game in charge last season as well and he gets us playing football and passing the ball which is our strength."

Full story at CHAD website here

Boulding has joined a growing number of Stags players to speak out in favour of Holland, who seems to be in contention for the job with former Derby County coach and ex-Stags player Billy McEwan.

Boulding added: "I much prefer the ball to feet. It is hard work when it is constantly going behind you.

"If you can play the ball along the ground it makes it more difficult for a lot of defenders in this league. They are good defending high balls and when I am up against someone who is 6ft 4ins they can just head it all day – it neutralises you.

"If they can hold the line it is easier for them. It just becomes a battle. But if you play on the floor suddenly you have them on the back foot and we have midfield players who can bomb on.

"You could argue we were a little fortunate to win at Wycombe and Darlington but the pleasing thing in Saturday's win at Bradford was the manner of the win.

"We were creating chances, having most of the possession and if we carry on like that we will keep getting results. The reason is confidence which is all down to Paul Holland."

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