article on PAUL OGDEN: CHIEF SCOUT
Oggy celebrates as Stags return to Football League
by JIM HANNAH, The Sentinel (Stoke), Friday, April 26, 2013
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FORMER Leek Town manager Paul Ogden has been celebrating this week after Mansfield Town regained their place in the Football League.
A 1-0 home win over play-off contenders Wrexham, in front of more than 6,000 fans, ended the club's five-year exile in the Football Conference.
Now the 66-year-old, who was appointed the Stags' head scout in June 2011, is confident manager Paul Cox, who also has connections with Harrison Park, can steer the club to a bright future back in the big time.
"This season's success has all been down to Paul, he's the man who has guided the club back into the Football League," said Ogden.
Cox, who was appointed Mansfield Town manager in April 2011, spent a season at Leek Town as assistant to John Ramshaw from 2002 to 2003.
He left to join Eastwood Town on a two-year contract as assistant to manager Bryan Chambers.
Cox was eventually appointed manager in 2005 and stayed there until May 2011 before resigning.
In the same month, he was unveiled as the new manager at Field Mill.
And Ogden, who still lives in Leek, is not surprised 41-year-old Cox has gone on to be such a successful manager.
"He's got an excellent temperament and is fantastic on the training ground. He brought some of those qualities with him to Leek.
"If the team loses, he doesn't lose his rag or start throwing tea cups around the changing room, he talks to the players and lets them know where they went wrong."
Ogden said local players, Ritchie Sutton, who had a spell under Ogden at Leek, and striker Matt Rhead, who was at Kidsgrove Athletic, both played their part in the success story.
Defender Sutton, aged 26, from Burslem, and Blythe Bridge-based Rhead, aged 28, joined the Stags from Port Vale and Corby Town respectively.
"Matt especially has come on in leaps and bounds. I first came across him when playing in a local Sunday cup final and could see there was potential.
"He has certainly benefited from full-time training and will do well for us in the Football League, I'm sure," said Ogden.
The chief scout believes Cox was also quick to get the best out of leading scorer Matt Green, aged 26, who Ogden brought to the club from Oxford United in July 2011 with the help of a £2,000 donation from fans' group The 12th Stag.
"Matt played a big part in our promotion. He started off playing out wide, but Paul thought he would be better down the middle and it paid off, because he has scored 40 goals for us. Now we've got to make sure we can keephim."
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