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RADFORD TARGETS PROMOTION/NO APPROACH FROM SWINDON
15th May 2017 20:26


Chairman targets automatic promotion after meeting with manager
mansfieldtown.net, 9th May 2017, 4pm

Passionate Stags' chairman John Radford says that he, along with manager Steve Evans and CEO Carolyn Radford are already preparing for a serious promotion challenge next season.

Mr Radford spoke to http://www.mansfieldtown.net this afternoon after meeting with manager Steve Evans at his home last night.

“Our meeting went very well as expected," said Mr Radford.

“Steve and I spoke at great length about our plans and ambitions for next season.

“We are targeting automatic promotion, and as I said in my address to our supporters on Sunday evening, Steve will have my full backing to do what is required to give us the best possible chance of delivering promotion to League One.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/2016-17/chairman-targets-automatic-promotion-after-meeting-with-manager-3711999.aspx#RtXzlBXkkMtr80KD.99

“Steve was in buoyant mood, great spirits and typically passionate and determined as we spoke about our plans to make the Stags bigger, better and stronger.

“Steve has a series of meetings tomorrow (Wednesday) with current players and our retained list will be announced soon after those meetings have been conducted.

“It’s important that our work now begins ahead of next season. We have agreed on the list of player targets and our supporters should expect an exciting close/pre-season.

“Our business will be conducted in a professional manner and we will continue the club’s policy of announcing our incomings/outgoings through the club’s official communication channels.

“Our work for 2017-18 starts immediately and I am already filled with excitement for next season.

“It is important that our crowds continue to increase at One Call Stadium next season.

“Season ticket prices will be announced in the coming days and I would encourage supporters both old and new to purchase as soon as is possible.

“We are a club on the up and I, along with Steve and Carolyn, am determined to make 2017-18 a season to remember for both the football club and the town.”

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Stags deny Swindon approach for boss Evans
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 09 May 2017 1pm

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans has been strongly linked with the vacant manager’s job at Swindon Town. But the Stags have denied any approach from the Robins, who sacked Luke Williams on Friday after he failed to stave off relegation to League Two.

Evans was named second favourite by bookies at 4/1 behind Cirencester Town boss and former Swindon player Adrian Viveash, who has now said he is not interested in the job at the present time. Evans is bound to be linked with jobs elsewhere, admitting turning down a job in Qatar.

However, Mansfield Town’s head of media & communications Mark Stevenson said: “The club can confirm that it has not received an official approach for the services of manager Steve Evans.

“The manager signed a two-and-a-half-year contract in November last year and therefore continues to be under contract at One Call Stadium.

“The manager has already met with our chairman John Radford and chief executive Carolyn Radford as we begin our work towards our primary goal of promotion in 2017-18.

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-deny-swindon-approach-for-boss-evans-1-8534132

“Our chairman issued a powerful address to our supporters on Sunday night in an end-of-season awards ceremony at One Call Stadium.

“In the address, the chairman stated unequivocally that the manager will have his full backing heading into next season and we will leave no stone unturned in our endeavours to fulfil the dreams of a town and its people.

“Our club is in its healthiest state in recent memory, and whilst we are fully respectful of our opponents in Sky Bet League Two and the division in which we will compete, we will not allow for any distractions as our work now begins in mounting a serious promotion challenge next season.”

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Mansfield Town confirm that no approach has been made by Swindon Town for manager Steve Evans
swindonadvertiser.co.uk, by Matthew Edwards

MANSFIELD Town have told the Advertiser that manager Steve Evans remains pivotal in their future plans despite persistent links with the vacant role at Swindon Town.

The 54-year-old is one of the bookies’ favourite for the position vacated by Luke Williams last week and with former Swindon player Adi Viveash distanced from the role yesterday, those odds have shortened.

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/swindon_town_2014/15274365.No_approach_made_for_Evans/

However, Mansfield have this afternoon confirmed that no approach from Town has been made for Evans, who replaced Adam Murray at the helm of the One Call Stadium in November last year.

The former Boston United, Crawley Town, Rotherham United and Leeds United manager guided the Stags to a 12th-place finish in League Two in 2016-17, lifting them from 18th place when he took over.

Last week, Evans was reported as saying that he was ‘not a League Two manager’ and wanted to be assured by Mansfield chairman John Radford that he would be backed in his ambitions to get the Stags promoted next season.

Those talks took place last night and having been approached by the Adver today, the club have said Evans has their full backing going forward and will ‘not allow for any distractions’.

“The club can confirm that it has not received an official approach for the services of manager Steve Evans,” said Mansfield’s head of media and communications Mark Stevenson.

“The manager signed a two-and-a-half-year contract in November last year and therefore continues to be under contract at One Call Stadium.

“The manager has met with our chairman John Radford and chief executive Carolyn Radford as we begin our work towards our primary goal of promotion in 2017-18.

“Our chairman issued a powerful address to our supporters on Sunday night in an end-of-season awards ceremony at One Call Stadium.

“In the address, the chairman stated unequivocally that the manager will have his full backing heading into next season and we will leave no stone unturned in our endeavours to fulfil the dreams of a town and its people.

“Our club is in its healthiest state in recent memory, and whilst we are fully respectful of our opponents in Sky Bet League Two and the division in which we will compete, we will not allow for any distractions as our work now begins in mounting a serious promotion challenge next season.”

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Former Leeds boss becomes big favourite to be next Swindon manager
by JAMES O'ROURKE, MAY 8, 2017
http://the72.co.uk/80513/manager-update-swindon/

SkyBet has seen big support for Steve Evans to become the next manager of Swindon Town. The former Leeds United boss, currently with Mansfield Town, is now priced 11/8 to be the permanent successor to Luke Williams, who recently stood down as manager following relegation from Sky Bet League One.

The Robins will be among the favourites to contest promotion out of Sky Bet League Two next season. Evans is said to be willing to remain at Mansfield, but only if he receives certain assurances from chairman John Radford. Swindon chairman Lee Power is likely to more funds available to try and get the club back into the third-tier, so Evans could be tempted by this prospect.

Evans joined the club in November 2016, signing a two-and-a-half year deal with the Stags. He recently stated that he is ‘not a League Two manager’, which is a big hint to the hierarchy to release funds for him to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion. If he cannot get that at Mansfield, he possibly could at Swindon.

Mansfield ended the season in 12th place. This was a top half finish but they were four points short of Blackpool, who occupied the final play-off position.

Swindon have endured a season to forget and have now set their focus on the future and getting promotion out of the league. Tim Sherwood is the director of football at the club, although it has certainly been a position which has been cast with a lot of confusion among club supporters. Earlier in the campaign he was said to have responsibility over team selection, despite Williams remaining the official head coach.

Adrian Viveash, who is Swindon-born and an ex-player, is another high in the betting for this role. He has previously been the Chelsea Under-21 manager, leaving earlier this month. Chris Ramsey, the former QPR manager, is another mentioned as well. He is back at Loftus Road in a different capacity.

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