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2nd March 2018 17:52

Boss looks ahead to busy week
mansfieldtown.net, 26 Feb 2018

Despite the unforeseen postponement of tonight’s An Evening with Steve Evans and Paul Raynor, the gaffer is still looking ahead to a busy week as he prepares his side for the final 12 games of the season.

The club took the decision to postpone tonight’s event with temperatures in the area set to plunge to below freezing, with the safety of supporters of paramount importance.

An Evening with Steve and Paul has therefore been rescheduled for Thursday 08 March, beginning at 7.30pm, and the gaffer has no qualms about rescheduling the event.

“I’ve taken the advice of the people internally. We’ve got staff members who would be getting home at 11 or 12 o’clock at night,” the Stags’ chief said.


“What is equally, if not more important, is that we’re asking people to come out in really dreadful weather conditions.

“That’s not right for anyone. The safety of people is paramount.

“Every week is busy anyway. I was planning for tonight and tomorrow I’m going to Wycombe. So every night is busy when it comes to football, and so it should be if it’s your profession.

“Every week going forward will be big for us. It's about our results; we're the only ones that can influence [our position in] the table.”

The weather is also likely to prevent Stags’ reserves from facing Bradford City at Rainworth Miners Welfare tomorrow, but the boss has informed supporters that if the game does go ahead, a young side will face the Bantams.

“It’s close to being as much as it can be off. Let me remind our supporters, none of the first team players will be involved if it is on. We’ve got other plans for them.

“We’re working hard on our own schedule. I like to be open and up front with our supporters. None of those boys will be involved if it does manage to magically beat the weather, which we don’t think it will, then it’ll be a very young Stags’ side."

It was reported in the national media over the weekend that striker Danny Rose is being targeted by Cardiff City and Millwall of the Championship and the boss has subsequently dismissed the interest in the 17-goal top scorer.

“There was Championship-club interest in Danny Rose in January and we didn’t sell him.

“We turned down good offers very clearly from the top of League One and the bottom end of the Championship, as it was then.

“If you’re in the Championship, there’s going to be interest in [Danny] Rose because he’s a top boy.

“It’s only ever good if people want your players.”

The former Leeds United manager revealed the squad were in high spirits during training this morning following Saturday’s draw with Coventry City, whilst commenting that defender David Mirfin is nearing a return to training.

“We’re looking excellent. David [Mirfin] should be back on the grass next week.

“Everyone else is in good shape and the boys were great this morning - training was so good.

“It has been brilliant today and we had a good meeting this morning which was very positive.

“They’ve trained well and we’ve got them off nice and early this morning given the weather that’s coming in.”

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full news conference later today.


Stags boss Evans favourite for Posh job but denies any contact from hometown club
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Monday 26 February 2018

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans today assured fans he had not had any contact from Peterborough United, despite being installed as bookies’ favourite to be the League One club’s new manager.

Evans lives in Peterborough and is very good friends with the chairman and staff at Posh, so it’s no surprise that, with Stags flying high and Evans’ stock on the rise, he is 6/4 favourite with Betvictor.

Evans left the ground to head home to Peterborough to beat tonight’s expected snow, saying: “Let me tell supporters I will be in Peterborough tonight - that’s for sure.

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/stags-boss-evans-favourite-for-posh-job-but-denies-any-contact-from-hometown-club-1-9037208

“You get speculation as a manager because of what your team does. “For me to be going anywhere it would have to be 100 per cent right. “We are fighting so hard here with 12 games to go and that’s our only thought process, our only focus. “I have no thoughts on it, I don’t deal in speculation. “John and Carolyn Radford have been in here today and they’ve not spoken to me about anything other than getting ready for Stevenage.” Peterborough parted company with manager and former club skipper Grant McCann this week with Posh 10th in the table, six points outside the play-off positions after failing to win a game since last month. Stags have seen off interest in Evans’ services from Gillingham, Swindon and Qatar since he joined in November 2016.


Evans’ apology after fans’ night is postponed
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Monday 26 February 2018

Steve Evans has apologised for the postponement of tonight’s supporters’ evening with him, but stressed safety was the most important thing with awful winter weather predicted.

Fans were due to question the club’s management team at ‘An Evening With Steve Evans and Paul Raynor, but it has now been moved back to next Thursday (8th March).

“I have taken the advice of people internally,” he said. “We have staff members that are going to be home at 11 and 12 o’clock at night and we have been looking at, possibly, what the weather could be like.

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/evans-apology-after-fans-night-is-postponed-1-9037061

“Equally, if not more importantly, we’re asking people to come out in what we understand are going to be really dreadful conditions. “That’s not right for anyone. Safety is paramount so we will move it back to next Thursday.”


Stags boss furious over Rose slur
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town manager is furious that Coventry City boss Mark Robins has accused Stags striker Danny Rose of going down too easily. Jordan Willis was red-carded during Saturday’s 1-1 draw between the sides for hauling down Rose and Robins was seen verbally having a go at Rose during the match. “I seen then national media today are running again with people talking about Danny Rose again from the other management point of view and it’s not right,” said Evans. “The kid was upset with it this morning. It is influencing referees against him, that’s what it’s doing. “We now have a couple of managers in our league saying if you blow he falls over. It’s a shame they talk like that and influence people.”

Read more at: https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-boss-furious-over-rose-slur-1-9037302


Stags in a terrific place says boss Evans
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

After the disappointment of dropping two home points to rivals Coventry City, Mansfield Town face up to a crucial eight days for their promotion hopes. Stags, two points off the top three, have just 12 games left with a quarter of those in the coming eight day period that sees a trip to Stevenage on Saturday followed by an all-ticket Tuesday home derby with Lincoln City and a home clash with Colchester four days later. Stags boss Steve Evans was left furious over costly penalty decisions by referee Michael Salisbury as Coventry left with a 1-1 draw from a game Mansfield should have won.

But Evans said: “We are still in a terrific place. “Every week will be big for us now. You come through next week towards Easter and you have four games in two weeks when you play Saturday, Friday, Monday, Saturday.

“I said to the players a number of weeks ago these game quickly get chalked off and disappear.

“Every week now it’s just about our result. We are the only ones that can influence the table. Others can help influence it but we need to influence it for ourselves.”

He added: “I said to the players if we’d got our just rewards on Saturday we’d have won the game. “We should have won it comfortably. We didn’t - it was a slap in the face. But we’ve had a few slaps in the face over the season. We go again.” Coventry took a point from a penalty while Stags had two big appeals turned down, so Evans went back over the decisions with referees’ chief David Allison and found some sympathy. “I had a good chat with the head of the Football League’s referees and the one thing I get from David Allison is integrity. I get true opinions and I respect it,” he said. “I’ve had more time to study it. I still don’t think Coventry’s is a penalty. He’s slipped and already on the floor. Jonno (Clarke-Harris) is a great lad, but he goes over, plays for it and gets it. “If you give that one you have to give the one on Ricky Miller. “The only one me and the head of referees have a difference of opinion on is I think the handball was in the box and he thinks from his angle maybe just out.” Evans said his players were in positive mood. “I had a good chat with the players and told them about my chat with the head of referees. It was a very positive meeting and they trained well,” he said. “When I debriefed them on my conversation I think it gave them a little bit of a lift to be honest as I think they’re all thinking if the Alex one was given why wasn’t the other one? “I am not in any way questioning the integrity of the referee on Saturday. “I just thought he had a really poor performance. Like we all have, he had a bad day.” “We move on. Coventry are a great side with great players. We went for Doyle, we won’t hide it, and we went for McNulty, we won’t hide it, but we couldn’t afford them. “Good luck to them at Wycombe tonight, come on Coventry help us out.”

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/stags-in-a-terrific-place-says-boss-evans-1-9038884


Stags expect reserves game to be postponed
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS

Mansfield Town expect their scheduled Central League reserves game at home to Bradford City to be postponed this afternoon. With a dire winter weather forecast Stags held out little hope for the surface at Rainworth MW’s Kirklington Road ground, though boss Steve Evans stressed he would not be risking any of his senior players if the game did go ahead. “It’s as close as it can be to being off already,” said Evans last night. “But let me remind our supporters none of the first team players will be involved if it is on. We have other plans for them. We are working hard on our own schedule. “I like to be open and up front with supporters and none of those boys will be involved. “If it does happen to magically beat the weather, which we don’t think it will, it will be a very young side.”

Read more at: https://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/sport/football/stags-expect-reserves-game-to-be-postponed-1-9037298


Stevenage boss Darren Sarll gives injury update: Ben Kennedy ‘really struggling’
26 February 2018

Stevenage Darren Sarll has given an injury update ahead of Boro hosting Mansfield Town at the Lamex on Saturday.


Influential striker Matty Godden was missed during the 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane against Notts County but the boss is hoping the 26-year-old will be fit to face the Stags.

He said: “Matty had a bad illness during the week and had to spend 24 hours in hospital so his is more illness related now. We wish him well and hope to have him back on Saturday.”

The highly-rated Ben Kennedy was forced out of the game against County despite incurring the ire of home fans who mistakenly thought he was feigning injury. However Sarll defended his man after the match saying: “Ben is struggling. Supporters should be careful when they become judge and jury because Ben is not in a great way.”

Sarll also indicated Ronnie Henry will return after missing the defeat.