HOLDSWORTH SIGNS NEW CONTRACT TO 2013
7 April 2009
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Perry: Why Holdsworth is the man for Stags
Evening Post, April 08, 2009
MANSFIELD Town have handed David Holdsworth a contract until June 2013, because they believe he is the right man to lead them back into the Football League.
The Stags manager put pen to paper on the deal last night before the club's home game with Ebbsfleet United.
Chairman Andy Perry is delighted to have secured the commitment of Holdsworth, who he believes is dragging the club out of the doldrums.
"I don't think you have any other option than to have faith in someone and give them time," said Perry.
"This club is not going to get where it wants to be, in League One, in 18 months.
%3Cbody%3E%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22adDiv%22%3E%3Ca%20href%3D%22http%3A//ads.anm.co.uk/ADCLICK/CID%3D0000b139f7f5f6ff00000000/AAMSZ%3D452x118/POS%3D/SITE%3DTHISISNOTT/AREA%3DFOOTBALL/SUBAREA%3D/ARTICLE%3D882988/acc_random%3D485465757/pageid%3D/RS%3D%22%20target%3D_top%3E%3Cimg%20src%3D%22http%3A//iad.anm.co.uk/house/1x1.gif%22%20alt%3D%22Click%20here%21%22%20border%3D0%20%3E%3C/a%3E%3C/div%3E"We know that David still has things to learn as a manager, but we believe he can take the club forward.
"He has already laid some strong foundations and this gives him the chance to build on the good work he has started.
"There is a mechanism in place to protect Mansfield if things don't go well, but equally David will be rewarded if things do go well.
"Some people will say that with such a long deal he can now just sit back.
"But anyone who knows David will know his professional pride."
Perry says the Stags are keen to have stability after having seven different managers in the past four seasons.
He believes the deal will also help attract a better standard of player to Field Mill – because they know their boss will be sticking around.
Perry added: "Keith Curle was the last manager to start and finish the season as manager of this club – and we want to get away from that.
"We don't want to be in a position again where we have a large number of the squad who are surplus to requirements.
"This means that players can sign for him knowing he will be there for as long as him.
"Daryl Clare is a good example. It bodes well for us keeping players like him for next season because Daryl wants to play for David."
New four-year deal for Stags manager Holdsworth
7 April 09
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By John Lomas
DAVID Holdsworth last night signed a contract that will tie him to Mansfield Town as manager until at least the summer of 2013.
The young boss has comfortably steered the Stags away from relegation worries since coming in at the turn of the year and, with the quality of players he has already brought in and those he is planning to sign in the summer, the future could be a bright one under his stewardship.
Stags chairman Andy Perry said: "When we took David Holdsworth on he was asked to do one thing to start with and that was to get us away from the relegation that was high on the cards at that time.
"I don't think anyone at the football club or supporters could see where a win was coming from at that time.
"But David brought his enthusiasm here - an enthusiasm we had at the start of the season but that seemed to have lost its way a bit with results and off-the-field problems under the other manager.
"David came here with a plan and we have been highly delighted so far and believe there is a lot more to come with a good pre-season under our belts."
Although offering a manager a four-year deal could be looked at as something of a gamble, Perry said there were good reasons for the long deal and stressed there were incentive clauses in it.
"We wanted a longer contract so we have the time to be able to work with him and vice-versa to take this club forward," he said.
"It is a different type of contract to the one Billy McEwan had. At the end of the day it secures our club the services of a good manager and protects us if he does well and one of the bigger clubs comes in for him.
"David can get on with the football side of things and not be overly worried about what is round the corner.
"At the same time there are measures within the contract which will keep David Holdsworth on his toes and make him need to do well as it is of benefit to the football club for him to do well. It is a win-win deal for both parties.
"Having said that, he is not the sort of character that would not want to do well. David is a born leader and loves doing things properly.
"Yes he is inexperienced as a manger. But we believe it is the right move for us as we know we can definitely work with him which is a big thing.
"We are in the position of still learning too and we want to learn with someone who also learns from others and has very good contacts in the game. It is good to know we can shape a good young manager to help shape our football club.
"He is not coming in here with pre-conceived ideas - just good standards, knowing what's right and wrong and a good work ethic.
"We can all see his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game - his whole demeanour. And importantly he shares the same frustrations that supporters feel - there is a connection there. He feels it too."
After so many good results this season, it is ironic that the new deal was signed just after Holdsworth's first back to back defeats since he arrived and four games without a win. But Perry added: "The last couple of games don't make a season. This is our first end to a season when you have players who are perhaps mentally not with the football club anymore as they know they will be moving on in the summer.
"But we are still paying their wages and expect our pound of flesh on the field - certainly more than they showed on Saturday."
A delighted Holdsworth added: "I am an ambitious person. My make-up and desire is to continue my progress as a manager.
"But I have always been a loyal person throughout my life and now Andy Perry and Mansfield Town have given me this opportunity for which I am grateful.
"They share the same desire in making this club sustainable in the next league above which is a long way from where we are right now.
"I have always had that hunger to show people what David Holdsworth can do.
"I am a fighter and I will stand toe to toe and roll my sleeves up for this football club which I am very proud of.
"I have only been here for four months but I think fans already understand my honesty and desire.
"And to be given this opportunity to fulfil that shows me that they trust me - and trust means everything to me.
"The staff here have been amazing as have the fans. At last they have a manager that tells them the truth. I am transparent in that I want to make this club a success.
"That design will come in the summer, the ethics unrelenting and 100 per cent commitment. I hope we can jointly have success.
"People here have made me very welcome and I will repay that."
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