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4th September 2008 13:21

McEwan calls for Stags to be ruthless
CHAD.co.uk, 29Aug08

BILLY McEwan is hoping his Mansfield Town can show more ruthlessness against visiting Grays Athletic on Saturday (3pm) after almost letting sides off the hook in their last two home games.


Stags have just won three successive times at home, but it took a late clinching fourth goal to end the fightback of Kidderminster Harriers and then a stoppage time winner beat Northwich last weekend, both times after the visitors had threatened to overturn what seemed to be a winning lead for Mansfield.

"From the fans' point of view it is exciting but for a manager it's heart attack stuff," he said.

"We have to kill teams off and not give them any lift by amateur defending. We can't keep throwing two goal leads away against a team that at certain stages of a game look dead and buried.

"We have to take our chances to blow them out of sight.

"But you can't be too critical as these players have done great in our situation. We just know there is room for improvement week in week out.
"If we had defended properly this season we would be top of the league now as daft as it sounds."

Ahead of Tuesday's televised return to his former club York City, this Saturday will see McEwan's fourth home game out of the first six BSP fixtures.

"It's just the way the fixtures have worked out and we have to take advantage of it as we know there are a lot of tough games ahead both home and away," he said.

"We want another three points but it won't be easy. Grays will be a tough side with some decent players – I know many of them from past experience. We are aware of them and won't underestimate them."

Jason Lee and Michael Blackwood continue to receive treatment for ankle and calf injuries respectively and no decision will be taken until the last minute on their participation on Saturday."


Mansfield v Grays Ath
Mansfield will be without striker Jason Lee and midfielder Michael Blackwood.

Aaron O'Connor replaced Lee against Northwich and is almost certain to retain his place and Gavin Hurren is set to continue in place of Blackwood.

Grays will be without Charlie Ide, who has an ankle injury but Jon Ashton should return after suspension.

Fabian Wilnis could make way for Ashton, while Stefan Bailey and Stuart Thurgood may their places after making their full debuts on Monday.


D'Laryea: McEwan will serve Stags well
Evening Post, 29 Aug 2008

Jonathan D'Laryea believes the appointment of Billy McEwan as Mansfield manager will prove to be an excellent one.


The Scot was handed a three-year contract by the new board at the start of July with the task of guiding the Stags straight back into the Football League.

Midfielder D'Laryea was one of McEwan's first signings after taking over the Field Mill hotseat.

And the 22-year-old already feels he has seen enough to sing the praises of his new boss.

"I think Billy McEwan is a great manager. He has taught me so much already about playing in midfield," said D'Laryea.

"I have probably learned more from him in the last few months than in the last couple of years. Now I know what I should be trying to do because he is a great tactician.

"Previous managers have encouraged me to play how I think I should be playing. Billy McEwan still wants me to express myself but has explained my role in the team. It's a case of marrying the two elements together."

D'Laryea is delighted that Mansfield have got off to a decent start after disappointing openings in the past.

"It has only been five games and we have to look to build on that in the next couple of weeks, but if we make Field Mill a fortress this season I don't see why we can't have a big part to play."


CHAD VIDEO: Somner reflects on Stags' great start to season
CHAD.co.uk, 28 August 2008

CHAD VIDEO at CHAD.co.uk here

NEW Mansfield Town midfielder Matt Somner says he is delighted with the start of his career at the Stags.
In an exclusive video interview with Chad sports editor John Lomas, the summer signing also praises the two Mansfield players to be called up for the England C squad.


Stags' England call-ups bad for the manager
CHAD.co.uk, 28 August 2008, By John Lomas
STAGS manager Billy McEwan is unhappy about the timing of the England C team's friendly in Bosnia and Herzegovina, after call-ups for two Mansfield players.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

Nathan Arnold and Jon D'Laryea were this week named in a squad of promising U23 players for the non-League international in Sarajevo next month and McEwan said: "It is good for the club and the players to have call-ups – but bad for the manager.

"Why are they playing a friendly away in Bosnia now – someone tell me?

"When they go away players can get injured, come back with jet lag and sometimes their heads get filled with nonsense while they are there.

"I know it is between games but I can't do much with the group of players I have here that week when I have players missing.

"This is not a slight at England. I am just thinking of Mansfield Town and the group I have here. Some will say think of the two players but I am thinking about all of my players as it will affect all of them.

"We had this at York when I was there, but they were playing in tournaments at the end of the season which is different."


Stags consider signings ahead of transfer deadline
Neil Richardson IS a possible new coach for club

CHAD.co.uk, 28 August 2008

MANSFIELD Town Billy McEwan is in talks with players ahead of Monday's transfer window deadline.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

But the Stags boss won't be panicking if nothing is agreed in time.

"I am speaking to two or three players about coming here and it would be nice to get players in on a permanent basis," he said.

"But a week after the window closes I know I can still bring them in on loan. I have used the loan system previously and it's worked well for me so I won't be rushing into anything.

"If we don't sign anyone by deadline it won't be the end of the world."

No decision has yet been taken on appointing an assistant to manager Billy McEwan at Mansfield Town - but the manager has confirmed Chad.co.uk's exclusive report earlier this week that Neil Richardson is being considered.

The Stags boss has been working alone since his late summer appointment and former Mansfield Town assistant boss Richardson has been linked with a return to Field Mill.

McEwan said: "I know we are short and Neil is just one of two or three I've spoken to. But no decision has been taken yet."


Coach Richardson to return to the Stags?
CHAD.co.uk, 25 Aug 2008

FORMER Mansfield Town assistant manager Neil Richardson could be on his way back to Field Mill.
Richardson, seen at Field Mill on Thursday and again on Bank Holiday Monday, is rumoured to have been offered a coaching role under new manager Billy McEwan.

He was assistant manager at Mansfield Town when Stuart Watkiss was manager.


CHAD.co.uk, 26 Aug 2008
Two goals from Anthony Robinson and another from Ryan Goward gave Stags' reserves a 3-0 friendly win over BSP rivals Burton Albion at Field Mill on Tuesday afternoon. The game was arranged to give fringe players some action while Stags wait to start their Central League reserves campaign.


from the official website of the England team at http://www.thefa.com

26 Aug 2008

England C manager Paul Fairclough has named a 16 man squad for the forthcoming trip to Sarajevo to take on Bosnia and Herzigovina in what will be vital preparation for the International Challenge Trophy Group A decider in Italy on November 12th.

The match, which will be played in the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo on Tuesday 16th September at 4.30pm, will be against the Bosnian A2 squad which is in effect their second string team and is used as a bridge between their under-21 side and the senior team.

Although the Bosnian's will be an 'open-age' side, Fairclough has decided to go with an Under-23 side in preparation for the Italy match.

Conference newcomers Mansfield Town and Wrexham are also represented in Fairclough's first squad of the season.


Lance Cronin Ebbsfleet United
Adam Bartlett Kidderminster Harriers
John Brayford Burton Albion
Anton Robinson Weymouth
Danny Gleeson Cambridge United
Jonathan D'Laryea Mansfield Town
Luke Foster Oxford United
Carl Tremarco Wrexham
James Smith Ebbsfleet United
Russell Penn Kidderminster Harriers
Jamie Stevens Crawley Town
Richard Brodie York City
Luke Moore Ebbsfleet United
Mitchell Cole Stevenage Borough
Shaun Harrad Burton Albion
Nathan Arnold Mansfield Town



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