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9th January 2003 13:02

Stags announce backroom team
CHAD website
STAGS have announced three crucial backroom appointments today.
John Gannon has been officially appointed assistant manager to Keith Curle and Ian Pearce named as the new club physio while Kevin Philliskirk has taken over Gannon's previous role at the club's Centre of Excellence.
Gannon has been operating as assistant since Keith Curle took over as player-manager while Pearce had been helping out on a temporary basis in the treatment room since Barry Statham left the club two weeks ago.
"It's nice to get John's job finalised," said Curle.
"Initially he was helping me out on a temporary basis but I have been impressed with his attitude and coaching and the way he has taken to the job.
"Within the first two or three days I knew I wanted John as my assistant. But things had to be done in the right way.
"It's nice to get Kevin Philliskirk on board too.
"I was with Kevin at Sheffield United and he is someone I have a lot of respect for and know he will do me a good job.
"Kevin will be responsible for all the youngsters from U9 to U16 when he can pass them on to Paul Holland and Ivan Hollett in the youth team.
"We have a massive catchment area here though we are aware we have teams like Nottingham Forest and Derby County close by. We want Mansfield youngsters to come and play with us and not yet drawm away to these other clubs.
"We want to help young players improve. We don't want to just be a babysitting service for U9s. We want to bring in and improve the best players in the area. So it is a very important role Kevin is taking on. He is plugging the gap from U9 to scholars and helping it all move along smoothly."
On new physio Ian Pearce, he added: "Ian has had some expereince in football already at Chesterfield and the lads have responded well to him.
"He is professional and very thorough and will get the players back as soon as possible, but in the right manner.
"I want everything that comes from the treatment room to be on a positive note and he has taken that on board well."


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