STAGS INTERESTED IN SIGNING COLIN DANIEL
6 Aug 2012
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Paul Cox revealed today that he has made contact with Macclesfield Town in a bid to sign left-midfielder Colin Daniel."We have spoken to Macclesfield about a fee which might be involved," said Cox at this afternoon's press meeting.
"I know the lad personally and have a good relationship with the kid, but at the moment he is a Macclesfield Town player."
He added: "I'll let everyone know should anything positive or negative come from it."
Jason Harrison (Mansfield 103.2) and Stephen Thirkill (Chad) are asking the questions.
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#stags boss Paul Cox has confirmed he is interested in signing Macclesfield midfielder Colin Daniel. @mansfieldtownfc
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox confirms interest in Macclesfield Town midfielder Colin Daniel
chad.co.uk, by Stephen Thirkill, Monday 6 August 2012
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox has confirmed he is interested in adding Macclesfield Town wideman Colin Daniel to his title-chasing squad.
Stags are currently in talks with The Silkmen over Daniel, who has played more than 130 times for the Cheshire club.
Daniel, a left winger who can fill in at left-back, is a player Cox knows very well having sold him to Crewe during his time as Eastwood Town boss.
Said Cox: “It is no secret that we have spoken to Macclesfield regarding him and how much the fee would be.
“I know him personally from his time at Eastwood. He is a great footballer with a lot of ability, but has lost his way a bit recently.
“He can play at left-back and has done so for some of his clubs, but we would be bringing him here as a forward player. He is good going forward and has got good pace and delivery.
“He would be a positive addition to our squad, but at the moment he is a Macclesfield Town player.”
Macclesfield, who were relegated into the Blue Square Premier last season, will entertain Stags at Moss Rose on 25th September
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox expects Blue Square Premier title race to be a nail-bitting affair
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 7 August 2012
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox is predicting one of the tightest and most competitive BSP seasons in years as his side prepares to launch their title challenge on Saturday.
Stags, who open up their season at home to Newport County, will be looking to go one stage better this campaign after falling in the play-offs to eventual winners York City last time out.
And with no money-bags side like the last two Blue Square Premier winners, Fleetwood or Crawley, to romp away with the league this season, Cox is expecting the title race to be a close run affair,
“It is going to be a very even league with fine lines between winning and losing,” he said.
“We have to go out there every week and earn the right to win football matches, we cannot take any team for granted.
“There are no stand out teams this season and there will be many managers this season who feel like they have a better chance of winning the league than they have in the last two seasons.
“We finished strongly last year and this is going to be a very important season for us. The players worked very hard last season and there was a lot of hurt with how things ended.
“At the time we felt like we had let ourselves and the fans down, but over time that hurt dies away.
“I want to see the hunger and desire from the players to be champions this season. It is going to be an emotional rollercoaster this season and it is important that we do not get too deflated if things are going wrong and too excited if things are going good. It is important that we have the right mindset and stay focused throughout.”
Stags, who are second favourites to land the league crown behind Luton Town, have strengthened significantly during pre-season as Cox looks to add extra quality and depth to the Field Mill squad.
Stand out singings include Jake Speight, Nick Wright, Godfrey Poku and George Pilkington from promotion rivals Wrexham and Luton Town.
And after an encouraging pre-season programme, which saw Stags defeated just once, expectations are naturally high that Mansfield Town could finally end their stint in the Conference Premier at the fifth attempt.
Said Cox: “There has been a lot of hype about us in pre-season, but we have to take that as a positive. We have talked about being one of the teams who will be up there. We have got hungry and experienced players who will be able to cope with those expectations.
“A lot of work has gone on over the last 12 months to change what people think about Mansfield Town and it is a pressure we can cope with. We are showing good form and can't wait for the season to start.
“We have all learnt things from last season and we will learn from our mistakes. At times last season we did not attack games enough and I am looking for us to take games by the scruff of its neck this season.”
Stags face Sheffield FC away tonight in their final pre-season warm up game, with Jake Speight expected to get a run out as he continues his return to full fitness
Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox urges Field Mill fans to get behind Stags
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 7 August 2012
'BACK us every step of the way' - that is the message from Stags boss Paul Cox to the Field Mill fans.
Cox issued the plea as Mansfeld prepare to get their Blue Square Premier title push underway at home to Newport County on Saturday.
Said Cox: “The fans were magnificent last season and played a massive part in helping us to third in the table.
“When you go to a place like Tamworth and have 1,000 fans and more away fans than home fans it gives you a massive boost.
“We need the fans to do the same again this season and to get behind us, they can make a massive difference.”
But Cox is also urging the fans to also keep their feet on the ground.
“We have raised the bar here now,”he said. “Expectations levels have increased and that is something we can cope with as a team.
“We also need the fans to keep their expectation levels realistic and back us through thick and thin.
“The season is going to be an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved and the fans have a massive part to play.”
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