Stags boss Cox unflustered by ground deadline
Nottingham Post, Thursday, February 23, 2012
PAUL Cox insists he is not worrying about Mansfield Town's increasingly pressing ground issues – and will do his utmost to ensure it does not affect his players.
The Stags are battling for promotion with 14 games of their Blue Square Bet Premier season to go.
But they are also fighting to secure a ground that will allow them to enter the end-of-season play-offs should they finish in the top five.
By March 1, Mansfield need either a ten-year lease or to own their own stadium – which must be up to Football League standard – to be eligible.
At the very least, the Stags must renew their lease for a year by the end of March to continue playing in the Blue Square Premier as their current deal runs out at the end of the season.
Chairman John Radford and landlord Keith Haslam have reportedly recently met to discuss the options but, as yet, nothing has been finalised.
Manager Cox saw ground problems prevent his former Eastwood side competing in last season's Blue Square Bet North play-offs.
He said: "I'm sure the chairman will do his business and we have to do our half of the business. We can't afford to concentrate on things we can't control. We have to look at what we can control – which means winning football matches.
"Our part is to make sure we do our best to get in the play-off places."
21 Feb 2012
Dave Rhodes tweets: twitter.com/radiorhodes "#stags FM update: Club determined to have a ten year lease in place by March. I understand buying FM will be sorted later. 10 year priority. Negotiations have been slow in recent weeks due to Mr Radford being out of the country. Told things will pick up soon"
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