Russell expects to be confirmed as Stags boss in next 48 hours
Evening Post, 10 May 2011
DUNCAN Russell expects to be confirmed as Mansfield Town manager for 2011-12 within the next 48 hours – and is set to name his retained list on Thursday.
The Stags boss is holding talks with chairman John Radford today during which he is hoping he will get the green light to continue as boss.
Russell was initially appointed in November on a caretaker basis until the end of the season following the departure of David Holdsworth.
He was later given the job until the end of the season just finished where he guided the Stags to the FA Trophy Final Wembley and a disappointing 13th place in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
"There have been rumours (about his future), but I am having a meeting with the chairman to finalise everything and hopefully after that I will still be in a job," said Russell.
"We don't want to be also-rans in this league we want to challenge. We have to finish higher than 13th in the table because we know that was not good enough.
"I am already looking to next season and friendlies and the players' fitness. Whether or not I get a contract, I want to leave the club in the best possible position."
Russell is keen to see the futures of his out-of-contract players resolved as soon as possible.
He will be spending the next couple of days letting those concerned know before releasing those names.
He said: "I will be talking to those players that I don't think can take us to the level we want to go to.
"They have done the best that they can do and no-one would deny the effort they have put in, but sometimes you need a little bit more in terms of quality and concentration levels."
Russell seeking quick budget clarification at Mansfield Town
Evening Post, 11 May 2011
DUNCAN Russell insists he needs to know whether he is shopping at 'Asda or Harrods' when recruiting players for Mansfield Town next season.
Russell is likely to be confirmed as Stags boss for 2011-12 within the next 24 hours.
Should he get the nod, his first task will be to name his retained list tomorrow.
Russell says after a disappointing 13th place league finish there will be 'wholesale changes' to the squad.
He is keen to finalise his budget so that he knows the price bracket he is targeting when attempting to make signings.
"If we procure the ground, the chairman (John Radford) has already said he is looking to put in £2million, but if not, we could be looking at £500,000, which changes the shopping list," said Russell.
"It's the difference between shopping at Asda or Harrods and we have to be sensible with the budget. But we need to know sooner rather than later what is available.
"But it doesn't matter who is the manager. If you want to do well, you have to have the resources to get the players in to do it.
"You have seen that with Luton, Crawley and Wimbledon. Pound for pound they have the best players. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."
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