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26th May 2008 22:42

Stags boss over-ruled on players
BBC.co.uk, 19May2008

audio interview with Paul Holland by David Jackson of BBC Radio Nottingham

Mansfield Town boss Paul Holland has admitted he did not have the final say on which players would leave the club.

The Stags announced last week that eight players had played their last matches at Field Mill, including goalkeeper Carl Muggleton.

Holland told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I put a budget into the people above me, and Carl was in the budget."

Meanwhile, defender Jonny Mullins' future at the club is unclear after he rejected the offer of a new contract.

Mullins, 22, was Mansfield's player of the season last year and is thought to have set his sights on staying in the Football League.

Meanwhile, Holland is yet to find out whether he will remain as Stags manager, following their relegation to the Blue Square Premier Division.


Bell set to join Silkmen
mansfieldtown.net, 20 May 2008
Full story here

Lee Bell will sign for Macclesfield Town tomorrow morning following his release from Field Mill.

Bell was let go from the club last Friday, but has acted swiftly by linking up with Macc boss Keith Alexander. The 25-year old joined us last summer following a lengthy trial period. He made 28 appearances for us, scoring one goal.

Bell is set to sign a one year deal for Macclesfield tomorrow morning.

He told mansfieldtown.net this afternoon: "I enjoyed my time at Mansfield and would like to wish the club, its staff and supporters the very best for the future."

He added: "I hope everything gets sorted this summer so the club can bounce straight back to the Football League and I also hope that Paul Holland gets the manager's job on a permanent basis."


Johhny Mullins audio interview with mansfieldtown.net here


Door not closed on Muggleton yet
CHAD.co.uk, 19 May 2008

STAGS boss Paul Holland today admitted the club's final retained list on Friday was not all his own work - and said Carl Muggleton would definitely be back in as goalkeeper and his assistant manager if Holland stays on as manager.
Holland's job remains in limbo with no sign of a takeover, no confirmation he will be boss next season and no permission to bring in new players.

Speaking this afternoon, Holland said the retained list released by the club on Friday was largely the same as the one he drew up withing his budget the week before, but with some significent changes from those above him.

Full story here

And he also admitted his hopes of bringing in the players necessary for success next season are diminishing day by day while the takeover saga drags on.

"I had my own ideas and there were some players I wanted to release and others I wanted to keep," he said.

"The list released was largely what I gave them, but there are one or two changes I don't agree with.

"I spoke to the people above me and they told me their reasons for it. I have spoken to the players concerned and they know my feelings. They trust me 100 per cent.

"Carl Muggleton is one. If I get the manager's job next season I want Carl back in here as a goalkeeper and as my assistant along with Ivan Hollet. Carl will be the first to come back in."

Holland has players lined up for next season but has his hands tied by the powers that be who are refusing to allow him to replace the released players at the moment.

"I have spoken to young players with League experience and I have spoken to very experienced League players," he said.

"There are players out there who I would love to bring to Mansfield Town and who would be of great benefit to Mansfield Town. But the longer I leave it, they will go elsewhere.

"It is common sense that the better players would have a number of clubs looking at them. I don't want to leave it until pre-season and just sign players for the sake of it to make up the numbers. That won't help anyone.

"June is a massive time for this club. I have seen all the play-off games so far in league two and the Blue Square and I know it is going to be a very tough league.

"But if I can get the players in that I want to bring in then I know we can definitely get out of this league.

"I have been honest with these players. At the minute I am not in a position to offer them contracts. All I can do is ask them to let me know if anything happens and they go elsewhere.

"That is the position at the moment and it won't change by me moaning. I have just got to get on with it."

Holland knows he could find himself out of a job any day now, depending on who takes over the club - if anyone does.

But he remains philosophical and 100 per cent committed to the cause.

"I am still the manager here until I am told otherwise," he said. All I can do is prepare the best I can which is proving very very difficult at the moment.

"Everyone knows my feelings. This takeover situation needs sorting out quickly one way or the other so we know where we are.

"I still think I am the right person for the job. But it is a strange position to be in. I won't just walk away. I will prepare us the best way I can.

"I certainly won't be taking a holiday this summer, considering our circumstances.

"My circumstances haven't changed. I have never had a contract since I came back here so I just take each day as it comes."


Mullins rejects new Stags deal
CHAD.co.uk, 19 May 2008, By John Lomas
Almost inevitably, Mansfield Town's Player of the Season John Mullins has turned down the offer of a new contract at the club.
Mullins is aged under 24 and so would command a fee, set by a transfer tribunal, if he moves on.

Full story here

But Mullins said: "I have enjoyed my time here but I want to stay in the League and play at as high a level I can.

"I think I have done okay and I don't want people to think I am going for the wrong reasons. It is purely for my career.

"It has been a difficult season with being relegated. But now I have got to look to the future and hope I can stay in the league. That's where most people want to be. I want to challenge for titles and be successful."

The official Stags web site this afternoon suggested they would meet Mullins and his agent to offer an improved deal, but it is almost certain nothing will change the impressive young defender's mind.

Stags boss Paul Holland said: "I would love to keep him here. But John is one who can play in the Football League and at a higher level than last season.

"To be fair to him he deserves to go and play a lot higher."



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