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29th March 2012 12:21

Mansfield Town close to extending Paul Cox contract
bbc.co.uk, 22 Mar 2012

Mansfield Town chairman John Radford says he is close to finalising a deal to keep manager Paul Cox at Field Mill beyond the end of the season.


Cox, who was appointed in May has been linked with the manager's role at League Two side Burton Albion following Paul Peschisolido's sacking.

"Paul has no intention of leaving and I have no intention of letting him go," Radford told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"He's here til at least the end of this season, if not the end of next season."

Radford added: "We have pretty much come to an agreement and that announcement will come through in the next few weeks."

Cox, whose deal expires in the summer, has led the Stags to third place in the Blue Square Bet Premier table on the back of a run of seven wins in eight matches.


Paul Cox set for talks over his future with Mansfield Town chairman John Radford
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox will sit down with the club's chairman John Radford later this week when he returns from business in France to discuss his future at Field Mill.


Cox, 40, has led Stags to third place in Blue Square Bet Premier so his stock is at its highest point since he took charge last summer.

His contract at Mansfield expires in the summer, however, and he has been linked with the vacant managerial positions at League Two clubs Burton Albion and Rotherham United.

Radford is confident of finalising a new deal and Cox has hinted he will sign.

"The chairman is coming back towards the end of this week and we will sit down and have a chat, so it's a case of watch this space," he said.

"My future will be sorted out one way or the other.

"There has been a lot of speculation and there have been rumours about Rotherham and Burton, which are just rumours at the minute.

"I have a really good relationship with John, I'm really enjoying my job at Mansfield and I'm excited about what we could achieve at the end of the season."


Manager Cox dismisses Burton rumours, but is still waiting on a new Stags deal
chad.co.uk, Thursday 22 March 2012

PAUL Cox today assured supporters that stories linking him with a move to Burton Albion were pure speculation – but the Stags boss is only contracted until the summer and hinted he would like to tie up a new deal with chairman John Radford soon.


With Stags winning seven times in an eight-game unbeaten run that has seen them storm into third place in the table, the last thing fans wanted to hear this week were reports that League Two Burton Albion had Cox on a shortlist for their manager's post.

But Cox, who had refused to discuss the stories with the press all week and concentrate on the Alfreton trip, which they won 6-3, he finally said today: “They are rumours and, as far as I am concerned, that's all.

“On Tuesday night I just wanted to make sure we were focussed.

“There has been no contact between Burton and myself so at the minute, it's just rumours. It doesn't worry me, I don't think my head is turned. I can't worry about things I have no control over.

“If I am going to be honest, if we were sat in the bottom three, the rumour mill is going to be that I will get the sack. If you are third from the top, the rumour is you are getting interest from other clubs.

“As far as I am concerned, I have a job to do at Mansfield until the chairman tells me otherwise.

“If someone contacts Mr Radford directly and wants to talk to him about me, that's out of my control.”

Cox is hopeful he will be offered a new deal at Field Mill but, as that is out of his control, said he is just trying to concentrate on his job and secure Stags' likely play-off spot.

If he achieves that, he is bound to attract offers from elsewhere and the end of his current deal is in sight with Stags. So the onus remains on chairman Radford to make a move sooner than later if he wants Cox at the helm next season.

However, Cox said “My contract will take care of itself. Things take care of themselves in football.

“I do have a young family and this job can be horrible. I have a mortgage and bills to pay like everyone else. Everyone wants to feel secure.

“But in football, one minute you're a hero and everything is bubbling, six months down the line you can be out of a job.

“I do like being part of a long term project like I was at Eastwood.

“The average time managers are in a job is about 18 months, but I had three or four good years at Eastwood where I had chances to move into the Football League but turned them down.

“For me it's the thrill of the chase and I am enjoying my time here and my relationship with the chairman.

“This speculation is not a part of the business that I enjoy, though I know some do get off on it. I just want to get my head down and try my hardest for whoever I work for.”

Chairman Radford would not be drawn on when or if a new deal woul be put in front of the manager and said: ““I've had no approach from any club (regarding Paul's services). As far as I am concerned, Paul will not be leaving Mansfield.”


twitter.com/radiorhodes Dave Rhodes, 22 Mar 2012 evening

#stags #mtfc Have just caught up with all the various things that have been said today about Paul Cox. Have only one thing to add (contd)
Paul Cox off tape has been telling me and one other journo since Dec that he's already signed an 18 month contract. (contd)
Paul Cox's current statement doesn't add up IF what he's been briefing is true. Never ran story because Paul asked us not too
PC deserves a new contract and club is in good hands looking ahead to next season weather that be in the BSQP or hopefully FL


Paul Cox insists his Mansfield Town future is in chairman John Radford's hands
Friday, March 23, 2012, Nottingham Post

PAUL Cox insists his Mansfield Town future is in chairman John Radford's hands.


The Stags boss is rumoured to be the subject of interest from League Two club Burton Albion, who sacked Paul Peschisolido last weekend.
Cox is out of contract at Field Mill this summer, signing a one-year deal last May.

And while he hinted he would be keen to stay at Mansfield, he left the door open for the Brewers should the club not act decisively and give him the security he feels he needs.

"I have got a young family, I have to pay a mortgage and this job can be horrible," said Cox.

"I want to feel secure – it's what everyone wants. There are a lot of good managers out of work and sometimes you have to grab things while they're there.

"The chairman has not said anything in terms of someone knocking on the door and I have not had contact with Burton.

"The one thing I would say is that I like to be part of a long-term project.

"I feel as though the fans and players are embracing myself and want to see me as part of a long-term future.

"When the time is right I think the chairman will sit down and something will happen."

Radford, meanwhile, is adamant that a deal is close to being agreed



Cox in Brewers frame
Stags boss on Burton shortlist
By Pete O'Rourke, March 19, 2012, http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/7608667/

Sky Sports understands Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox is in the frame for the vacant manager's job at Burton Albion.

The Brewers sacked Paul Peschisolido after Saturday's 4-1 defeat at home by Torquay stretched their winless run to 14 games.

Gary Rowett and Kevin Poole have taken temporary charge of Burton, but the club's board are drawing up a shortlist of names to succeed Peschisolido.

Cox is thought to figure highly on Burton's wanted list after impressing at Mansfield and former club Eastwood Town.

40-year-old Cox, who took charge of Mansfield last May, has guided the Stags into third spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier after going on a run of six wins in seven games.

Cox is regarded as one of the best young coaches in the lower leagues and guided Eastwood Town to two promotions and an FA Cup third round appearance during his five years at the club



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