STATHAM LEAVES STAGS
Stags Physio Barry Statham has parted company with the Stags after over 9 years at Field Mill. Stagsnet has learned that Barry had a disagreement with new Manager Keith Curle which lead to him resigning from his post.
More bad news from Field Mill this morning is that the club physio Barry Statham has resigned his post to move to pastures new. Barry who says that he has "had 9 good years at the Stags and enjoyed it thoroughly". Not only works very hard at rebuilding the injured stags players, he has his own very successful Physiopherapy practice and tutors at College in the practices of FA regulated sports injury.
"I have time on my side and although I have enjoyed every minute of my nine years at Field Mill, I feel that now more than ever before the time is right to investigate pastures new" he said earlier this morning.
Barry will surely be missed by all the players and staff of Mansfield Town FC and we would all like to wish him the very best for his future projects and a very prosperous new year. His assistant Mick Jacques is also looking set to move on to new plains but it as of yet unconfirmed.
Curle denies Stags physio was forced out
Mansfield Town manager Keith Curle has hit out at rumours that Stags physio Barry Statham was forced out of the club.
Statham has now left Field Mill but speculation has persisted, on the club's own message board, that the departure was not entirely amicable.
Curle said: "I have read the postings on the Stagsnet Message Forum, and would like to stress, contrary to the beliefs of some of the contributors, Barry was not pushed out of the club.
"He was a respected member of the Mansfield team, and it was he who offered his resignation which, on behalf of the football club, I accepted," he said in a statement.
Stags physio quits
STAGS physio Barry Statham has quit the club after nine years.
His assistant Mick Jaques is understood to have gone also.
The reasons behind Statham's departure are not yet known though there were strong rumours of a bust-up with new player-manager Keith Curle.
"I don't do bust-ups," said Curle. "The official line is that Barry Statham offered his resignation on Saturday after the game.
"I asked him to put it in writing. He did so at 9am on Monday morning and I accepted it on behalf of the football club."
Statham was unavailable for comment as Chad went to press.
No firm replacements have yet been identfied though Curle has managed to bring in two local people to help out on a day to day basis for two or three weeks before something more permanent can be worked out.