MANSFIELD TOWN RELEGATED
29 April 2008
Mansfield Town were relegated after Chester drew 0-0 with Stockport at the Deva Stadium tonight.
Keith Haslam - thank you so very much. Now go away ... and don't sell to the odious John Batchelor.
Mansfield out of Football League
audio interview with Paul Holland here:
Mansfield's 77-year stay in the Football League is over after Chester's draw with Stockport on Tuesday sent the Stags down to the Blue Square Premier.
The Stags are now four points behind third-bottom Dagenham & Redbridge with just one League Two game remaining.
Boss Paul Holland told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I am distraught but we've not been good enough over the season.
"But now is not the time to mope around. We have to make sure we come back up at the first attempt."
Holland said that the writing was on the wall following last week's home defeat against Rotherham and Dagenham & Redbridge's stunning comeback victory at Darlington.
"We knew that was pretty much it after last Saturday, but you always hope it is possible," he said.
"It is a massive blow to the club and the town and I am as disappointed as anybody.
"But sometimes you have to take a step back to take two forward and we hope we can do that here.
"We need to get things right on and off the field and look at how other clubs have bounced back."
Dearden 'gutted' by Stags' drop
Former Mansfield manager Billy Dearden has revealed he is "gutted" following the club's relegation from League Two to the Blue Square Premier.
The Stags' 77-year stay in the Football League was confirmed before the last game of the season at Dagenham when Chester earned a point in a goalless draw against Stockport.
Dearden was in charge at Field Mill until March when he was sacked, and his successor Paul Holland was unable to steer the club to safety.
"I might have left the club, but I still wanted them to stay up as much as anyone and I am absolutely gutted," said Dearden.
"I really feel sorry for the fans because they always tried to get behind the team as best they could while I was there.
"It is going to be difficult to come straight back up at the first attempt and the manager will need backing to do that."
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