MURRAY ON PAUL COX
Stags skipper wants future of boss Cox settled
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ADAM Murray today urged Mansfield Town's board to tie manager Paul Cox to a new deal – for next season and beyond.
The Stags boss has led his squad to six games unbeaten at the start of 2012, sparking fresh talk of a Blue Square Bet Premier play-off push.
But Cox has also intimated he already has one eye on next season – whether or not the Stags are successful in winning a place back in the Football League – and has a clutch of players signed up for 2012-13.
Despite that, his own future has still to be settled beyond doubt, having only until May left to run on the one-year contract he agreed last summer.
Skipper Murray is keen to see the position clarified quickly, believing the continuation of the former Eastwood manager at the helm is vital.
"I have said all along that what this club needs is stability and a base to build from," said Murray.
"At the moment in the chairman (John Radford) and the gaffer I think we have the perfect two people for the job.
"They have a willing and a desire to be successful whatever happens.
"It takes time to put a decent team together and if we don't manage to get in the play-offs this season – we still believe we can – then the gaffer has to be given the chance to push on.
"He needs the chance to tweak things and learn from any mistakes he has made so that next season, if we are still in this league, we are going for the championship."
Rhys Day is expecting to have an operation on Thursday on what is thought to be a damaged patella tendon.
The Welshman sustained the serious injury in a reserves friendly against Rainworth.
Cox said: "Rhys was just on his way back and it would have been like signing a new player.
"He seems to have had all the horrible luck with really bad injuries. He will be out for the season for sure and we just wish him a speedy recovery."
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