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17th May 2012 16:55


Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox hoping to sign new deal this week.
chad.co.uk, Thursday 10 May 2012

PAUL Cox is hoping to finally put pen to paper and sign his new two-year contract as Mansfield Town manager so he can quickly begin plotting a route to promotion for next season.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/mansfield-town-boss-paul-cox-hoping-to-sign-new-deal-this-week-1-4536139?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Cox spoke with chairman John Radford yesterday and will be back in talks with him today and said: “We had a good meeting yesterday and I hope we can sit down again later today.

“It's not about finance for me, we are just talking about the infrastructure of the club and going forward. We had a really positive chat and I would hope by the weekend I have put a signature on the document and can get on with it.

“I do not want to stand still. I want to take this club forwards.

“We can't rest on our laurels. We have to push on and I have some tough decisions to make on players which I will do by the end of next week.

“We do have a lot of good players here so we don't need lots of changes. It is my job to analyse why we finished third and bring in players that can help me win the title.

“Also, we have players here in various Teams of the Year so I know other clubs will be looking at my players too.

“I have some good players I would like to bring in straight away. These are players who have been champions in the past so now what it takes.

“But it's no co-incidence that players who have won championships are top of everyone's shopping lists. And they cost money.

“A lot of clubs will be throwing money at it next season and it's no coincidence the last two years the title has been won by the club with the highest wages.

“Money is important, I am not going to lie. But I will be given a budget to work with and I won't go over the top.”

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Play-off heartache will only spur me on further, says Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox
Saturday, May 12, 2012 Nottingham Post

PAUL Cox says failure in the play-offs has only whetted his appetite to win promotion with Mansfield Town.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-16062265-detail/story.html

After being named the new boss 12 months ago, moving from Eastwood Town, Cox has enjoyed a solid first season.

He led Mansfield to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier, finishing on 89 points – 27 more than in any of their three previous seasons at this level.

But they went out to York City in their play-off semi-final and must compete outside of the Football League for a fifth successive campaign.

But Cox is already dusting himself down for the challenge of winning the division in 2012/13, claiming the automatic promotion spot.

He said: "If anything, this season has given me the appetite to go one better.

"I am not one to feel sorry for myself, the hunger is already there and we have to turn the negatives into positives.

"We need more quality bringing into the football club and that will cost money.

"The nucleus is there. It does not need mass changes but we do need something because we missed out for a reason – and that means we need more quality in depth.

"We need a squad to be able to compete for the championship and for trophies.

"We need to be greedy because the hunger is there to be successful."

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Cox Keen For Marriott To Stay
mansfield103.co.uk, Friday 11th May, 2012

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox says Alan Marriott is one of the players he wants to keep at the One Call Stadium.

http://www.mansfield103.co.uk/sport.php?n=1740

The shot-stopper is one of a number of the Stags squad who are out of contract this summer.

The Stags manager will be speaking to all his players next week about who he wants to keep and who he will be letting go.

And, Cox said of Marriott: "He's been brilliant this season. We'll hopefully be looking to sit down with Alan and try and get him to sign for next season.

"But, we've got to be mindful of the fact that other people might come in and try and take our players.

"Hopefully, we can keep the nucleus of the squad. They've been brilliant to work with and we need to build on that."

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Paul Cox to name his Mansfield Town retained list next week
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Nottingham Post

MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is set to name his retained list next week.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Paul-Cox-Mansfield-Town-retained-list-week/story-16031256-detail/story.html

His side lost their play-off semi-final in extra time to York in the second leg on Monday, going out 2-1 on aggregate.

It was a bitter blow after a superb first season in charge for Cox, leading his side to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier on 89 points.

Now he has decisions to make on his current squad before looking at new players for next season.

Ross Dyer, Lindon Meikle, Luke O'Neill, Anthony Howell, Ritchie Sutton and Matt Rhead all have options on their contracts and will stay should Cox choose to keep them.

That could happen after they all impressed, while the likes of goalkeeper Alan Marriott, Martin Riley, Exodus Geohaghon and Ben Hutchinson all see their contracts expire.

Cox said: "We have a nice nucleus contracted for next year and we have an option on a few of the players.

"Then we will sit down with all the players and probably by the middle of next week will have our retained list.

"I want to get a good feel for who really wants to be here and who wants to win things."

Skipper Adam Murray, Gary Roberts, top scorer Matt Green, Louis Briscoe and Lee Stevenson are already under contract for next season

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Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox wants backing to build a stronger squad
Thursday, May 10, 2012 Nottingham Post

MANAGER Paul Cox wants to know the club's vision as he looks to assemble a Mansfield Town squad capable of going one step better next season by winning promotion.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-16040312-detail/story.html

Work has already started on reshaping the Stags squad following their semi-final play-off heartache against York City.

Cox, who is soon to be out of contract, verbally agreed a new two-year deal with chairman John Radford before the regular season ended.

And after leading Stags to third in the Blue Square Bet Premier in his first year in charge, only to suffer a 2-1 aggregate play-off defeat to York, he wants to move them forward.

Cox said he has a great working relationship with Radford and hopes he will get reassurances from the chairman.

He said: "I will sit down with the chairman and discuss budgets. But I also have to deal with my situation. Hopefully that will be done next week.

"Then we need to bring more quality into the squad and a major factor is that I am hoping the club has the ambition to go one better next season.

"We want to be battling at the top of the table, to better what we have done this season.

"I don't want to stand still. As much as there is a lot of heartache there now, in another couple of weeks it will be forgotten and we will give ourselves a challenge.

"This football club needs to be challenging for the title and to give us the best possible chance next season, the squad needs to be stronger."

Lindon Meikle, 24, has been called up by England C to face Russia next month.

The Challenge Trophy Group A game will be played in the Khimky Arena, home of Moscow Dynamo, on June 5.

Meikle made his national debut against Gibraltar last November.

Mansfield will play Derby County at home in pre-season on Wednesday, July 25 (7.30pm).

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info on contracted players :

Mansfield Town have 7 players signed up until April 2013

Lee Stevenson
Paul Bolland
John Thompson
Louis Briscoe
Adam Murray
Matt Green
Gary Roberts


MANSFIELD TOWN 2011-2012

CONTRACTED PLAYERS (25)
Player - Contract Expires

Goalkeepers
Alan Marriott - 30th April 2012
Shane Redmond - 30th April 2012

Full Backs
Matt Bell - 30th April 2012
Ritchie Sutton - 30th April 2012 (with option on contract)
Luke O'Neill - 30th April 2012 (with option on contract)
Joe Kendrick - 30th April 2012
Sam Craven - 30th April 2012

Centre Halves
Rhys Day - 30th April 2012
Martin Riley - 30th April 2012
John Thompson - 30th April 2013

Midfield
Louis Briscoe - 30th April 2013
Adam Smith - 30th April 2012
Adam Murray - 30th April 2013
Lee Stevenson - 30th April 2013
Paul Bolland - 30th April 2013
Anthony Howell - 30th April 2012 (with option on contract)
John Worthington - 30th April 2012
Andy Todd - 30th April 2012
Gary Roberts - 30th April 2013

Forwards
Danny Mitchley - 30th April 2012
Lindon Meikle - 3oth April 2012 (with option on contract)
Ross Dyer - 30th April 2012 (with option on contract)
Matt Green - 30th April 2013
Ben Hutchinson - 30th April 2012
Matt Rhead - 30th April 2012 (with option on contract)

Note contracts expiring 30 April 2012 were automatically extended until the end of the season.

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