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10th June 2011 23:06

Silk leaves Stags for Grimsby
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Right-back Gary Silk has rejected a new deal at Mansfield Town to join Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Grimsby Town.


The Stags' longest-serving player was one of only two out-of-contract players offered fresh terms by new manager Paul Cox.

But the 26-year-old has chosen to move to Blundell Park where he becomes former Ilkeston duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst's first summer signing.

"I wasn't really looking for a move away from Mansfield, but I liked what I heard," said Silk. "I felt I needed a fresh start."

Cox said: "I offered Gary what I felt was a fair offer, but his representative turned it down. I'm not going to get into an auction.

"It's unfortunate. I understand he has been here a long time and made a lot of appearances for the club but we have a wage structure to keep to.

"I have to do my best for the club, just as players have to do the best for themselves."


Stags full back Silk joins Grimsby
chad.co.uk, Wednesday 8 June 2011

Former Mansfield Town player of the season Gary Silk has joined BSBP rivals Grimsby Town.


“We made him an offer but I gather Gary has signed for Grimsby for more money,” said Stags boss Paul Cox.

“He has been a great servant here, though last season was probaby not one of his better ones in terms of standards. I was hoping to put him back on track.”

Cox said he has plenty of irons in the fire for new players though lost out on one on Monday to a club from a league below who are 'throwing money at it.'

“I will pay players what I think they are worth,” he said.

“Some are asking me for League One money. But I am careful with my own money so the chairman knows I will be careful with his as well.

“My job is to build a squad with the right blend of players to compete in what I believe will be a seven team 'mini-league' at the top of the Conference.”


Stags boss Cox keen to make backroom appointments
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, June 08, 2011

PAUL Cox is keen to appoint a new assistant manager and player-coach at Mansfield Town by the weekend.


As his No.2, the Stags boss wanted Richard Cooper, who he worked with at former club Eastwood Town.

?But Cox confirmed the ex-Nottingham Forest trainee has decided against taking up the position.

He has since been speaking to three other candidates in a bid to fill the vacancy, but has ruled out Duncan Russell's assistant, Paul Hall and has also released fitness coach Steve Bonnington.

"Richard was not just a work colleague at Eastwood but also a good friend. However, I understand he has a young family to consider and has a secure job," said Cox.

"But I have talked to one potential assistant manager and will be speaking to two more. All have backgrounds in professional and non-league football.

"It's an important decision so I won't rush, probably more important than any of the players I bring in because together we are steering the ship.

"I'm not asking for Arsene Wenger, but someone who will show loyalty and the same kind of mindset as me."

Cox is bidding to supplement his coaching staff with an experienced performer who can contribute on and off the field.

He said: "I want someone who can use his experience to good effect on the training ground.

"I hope both positions will be sorted by the weekend."

Cox is talking to two players today and hopes signing them will be a case of 'dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.'


Stags boss Cox builds backroom team
chad.co.uk, Wednesday 8 June 2011

STAGS boss Paul Cox is hoping to announce who his assistant manager will be by the end of the week.


But it won't be his former Eastwood Town assistant Richard Cooper who has decided not to leave his secure day job of several years.

Cox worked until late on Monday, speaking to three candidates and said: “I hope to make an announcement by the weekend. This is probably more important than signing players for the club as we will be the ones steering the ship.”

Cox also said he would be bringing in a player-coach with the right experience and qualifications to help them on the traning ground.

Former player/assistant-manager Paul Hall and fitness coach Steve Bonington have been told they won't be offered new contracts as Cox builds his own backroom team


Silk transfer goes smoothly
Grimsby Telegraph, Tuesday, June 07, 2011

GRIMSBY Town bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst have made Mansfield right-back Gary Silk their first summer signing.


The 26-year-old defender has penned a one-year deal at Blundell Park and says he is relishing the challenge ahead after three years at Field Mill.

He is the first player to be drafted in by the joint managers and says it was their appetite for success that convinced him it was the right move.

Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, Silk said: "I'm delighted to get it signed and sealed early.

"The gaffers sold the club to me really well. Grimsby made an approach for me; I wasn't really looking for a move away from Mansfield initially.

"But I liked what I heard here.

"I felt I maybe needed a fresh start and that's what I'm hoping for here.

"I've been in this league for three years now. I know the division well.

"I think I have experience to bring to the team and hopefully I can add to what looks like being a good squad next season.

"Grimsby have only been in the league one season.

"You look around the ground and it's a club that belongs back in the league."

Joint boss Scott is just as happy as Silk with the arrival which fills a gap on the right side of defence left by the departures of both Peter Bore and Dwayne Samuels.

And he is confident the former Notts County man who has been a multiple Player of the Year at Field Mill in the last few years will prove to be a key player for the new-look Mariners in the 2011/12 season.

Scott added: "Gary is the sort of player that gives you his all every week and that's exactly what we are looking for.

"As a defender first and foremost, he has been very consistent over the last two or three seasons at Mansfield.

"I think their fans will be disappointed to see he has signed for us which is obviously good news for Grimsby Town.

"He is a steady defender and just what we need.

"He will do a job for us week-in, week-out.

"He has good experience at this level and higher.

"We watched Mansfield four or five times last season and Gary was a player that caught our eye.

"He was one we knew about anyway from working around those areas before.

"It was a position we needed to fill with the departures of Peter Bore and Dwayne Samuels.

"We see Bradley Wood more as a midfielder.

"He filled in at an unfamiliar position of left-back last season; that was a case of having to more than wanting to.

"We know he can do a job at right back as well but he fits the bill of a midfielder for us.

"So having Gary on board is a big boost for us."

Silk, who made more than 100 appearances for Mansfield, is relishing the new start in Cleethorpes and is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with old Stags team-mates Scott Garner and Rob Duffy, providing the latter doesn't find a new club this summer.

But he doesn't put the decision to move down to ongoing off-field matters at Field Mill; rather stressing he wanted that fresh challenge.

Silk went on: "I'm not going to say the situation at Mansfield off the pitch affected us on it and it didn't really come into my thinking about leaving.

"As I've said I just felt it was time for a fresh start.

"I know Scott Garner and Rob Duffy from their time at Mansfield and that will help me bed in.

"I will be looking to move into the area and can't wait to get going now.

"I'm heading away on holiday now my move is done and then it's back playing and doing my best to impress at my new club."


Hall and Bonnington leave
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 07 Jun 2011

The contracts of Paul Hall as assistant manager and fitness coach Steve Bonnington will not be renewed, we can confirm.


Paul returned to Field Mill in December last year as Duncan Russell's no.2, with ex-Forest coach Steve Bonnington joining the backroom staff in January.

The duo were both part of the coaching staff which led us to Wembley last month.

Everyone at Field Mill would like to thank both Paul and Steve for their efforts whilst with us and wish them every success in the future.

Meanwhile, Paul Cox today announced that there are three people in the running to be his new assistant manager and is also looking to sign a player/coach


Former Portsmouth striker interested in Hayes job
uxbridgegazette.co.uk, Jun 7 2011 By Jacob Murtagh

FORMER Portsmouth frontman Paul Hall has shown an interest in the managerial vacancy at Hayes and Yeading.


The 38-year-old is out of work after leaving his post as assistant manager at Blue Square Premier outfit Mansfield Town at the end of the season.

Hall, who also had spells at Torquay, Coventry, Sheffield United and Rushden as a player, is keen to succeed Garry Haylock at Hayes.

He joins Julian Dicks and Tim O'Shea in the running for the post


Lester link rubbished by Mansfield boss
Evening Post, 6 July 2011

JACK Lester will definitely not be joining Mansfield Town this summer, manager Paul Cox confirmed today.


With the close season rumour mill in full swing, the Stags have been linked with an unlikely move for the Chesterfield and former Nottingham Forest hitman.

Cox is certainly on the look-out for more firepower to assist Paul Connor, who found the net 16 times last season, particularly as Luke Medley and Danny Mitchley have been shown the door.

Lester has an impressive strike record for the Spireities, having scored 73 goals in 142 league games.

But Cox is well aware the 35-year-old – still under contract – is well out of Mansfield's reach.

"There's no doubting Jack's a good player and someone I know from the time he was coming through at Grimsby," said Cox. "But we have to be realistic in the players we are going for and, even if he were available, then I'm sure there will be a host of League Two clubs keen to sign him."


Dover Athletic manager Martin Hayes lands Rushden & Diamonds' Matt Johnson despite interest from Mansfield Town
kentonline.co.uk, 7 June 2011

Dover have beat off competition from Mansfield Town for the signing of midfielder Matt Johnson.


The 20-year-old Rushden & Diamonds midfielder had looked set to join Blue Square rivals Mansfield, but agreed to move on a one year deal, and joins former team-mate Shane Huke at Crabble .

Boss Martin Hayes (pictured) said: "Matt was talking to Mansfield but things didn't pan out for him there and I am pleased to get him.

"He is big, strong, and a box-to box player.

"He is young, versatile, suits the way we play and wants to get back in the Conference (Blue Square Premier).

"It shows we are chasing the right calibre of player from clubs above, and it's not working out anymore expensive than the players who are leaving."


7 June 2011
Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Matt Johnson has today turned down a move to Mansfield to sign for Dover Athletic on a one-year deal. More news and interviews to follow.



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