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Thur 11 March 2020

Manager Nigel Clough and CEO David Sharpe answer your questions in our virtual fans’ forum, in conjunction with the Stags Supporters' Association!



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Mansfield Town CEO David Sharpe says patience and sticking to the long-term plan is the key to success
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill

Having patience and vision will be the key to success at Mansfield Town.

That’s the view of the club’s chief executive officer David Sharpe who says Stags must stay true to their long-term plan.

“You have got to be patient, because things do not happen overnight,” he said during the club’s recent online fans’ forum.

“I saw that in my time at Wigan. It takes significant investment, though you don't have to spend the same that some do at this level.

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“I think we can get away with being a lot smarter within the next couple of years and hopefully we will see the benefits of that.

“We can't make rash decisions off the back of certain games, you have got to have a long-term plan.

“No good football club just chops and changes all the time and that's what we want to do here.”

And he believes his experience at Wigan, when he became the youngest chairman in football at the time aged 23, will help him with his Mansfield duties in the coming seasons.

“I got thrown at the deep end at Wigan,” said Sharpe.

“I had a lot of good people around me and it was a good experience. I wouldn't be here today if I didn't have the chance to run Wigan.

“I will use that experience here at Mansfield, but I am still learning, whatever job we do we are always learning.

“It is great to have good people around me here as well and I'm looking forward to trying to replicate what we had at Wigan, hopefully getting a promotion and seeing where it takes us in the next two or three seasons.”

Sharpe has since struck up an excellent relationship with boss Nigel Clough, the man who Sharpe worked tirelessly to bring to the One Call Stadium.

Clough said: “We share similar principles. We have seen clubs run for a long time when we were growing up and you absorb and learn.

“You take a lot from that and it gives you a lot of experience and hopefully stands you in good stead to do the job here.

“You have to share the same principles to get on and on how you want to run the club from the top down.

“We share the same standards and things like that which is important.”

Sharpe added: “I think the relationship between chairman and manager/chief executive is key in any football club.

“If the three of them get on, our four in case, and sing from the same hymn sheet then we have got a good chance.”


Nigel Clough on Jimmy Knowles:
"In terms of Jimmy Knowles, I went to see him play for Notts County in the FA Trophy at Stockport. We had a discussion around him and didn't think that he was up to the standard at the moment that we were looking for.
"We've got Jamie Reid that we're absolutely delighted with, Jordan Bowery, we've brought Oli Sarkic in on loan who's unfortunately had a few niggles. We've got Tyrese Sinclair.
"I think the best place for Jimmy to be for his development is at Notts County. And he'll come back pre-season and we'll have good look at him from there."

Nigel Clough on Gary Crosby:
"Gary takes care of an awful lot of things that most people don't see. Organisational wise and things like that.
"It's a bit unusual, but he goes out watching games on a Saturday. So there's myself and first team coach Andy Garner who goes upstairs and sits a few rows back to get a different perspective.
"Gary's talents are best-used out on the road on a matchday watching games. He aids the recruitment massively. He watches our games back. He's obviously in training during the week.
"And then he can get a different view as well. Before the Cheltenham game, he was the one who came in on Monday mornihg and said shall we change formation and try something different which we did, which worked.
"And sometimes from sitting back you get a bit better perspective for that sort of thing. Absolutely vital rle that he takes on."

David Sharpe on the January transfer window:
"What we didn't want to do was start throwing money away chasing a dream of the play-offs and not be realistic about things.
"We managed to save ... we're better financially after the window. Cook and Maynard have gone and we've got a good wage recovery on them."

Nigel Clough on squad size for next season:
"We think we've got the nucleus of a good squad. We're talking about bringing in the region of 5, 6, 7 players, something like that, just to bolster it.
"We've always worked on the lines of 16, 17 senior outfield players, 3 goalkeepers, and 2 or 3 youngsters on top of that."

Nigel Clough on having a long throw specialist:
"It seems most teams in our division do have someone with a long throw. We wouldn't sign a player just because he has a long throw. But we asked the players among the squad is there anybody who can throw it in there.
"It is a specialist skill to get it right in there into the six-yard box. So if we can get a player who has that ability then that's brilliant and we will use it.
"If not, we will get the one who can throw it in, usually from a full back into the near post area.
"James Perch thought he had [the longest throw], but then he didn't reach the penalty area a couple of times. Tyrese was practising then when we were preparing for the Cheltenham game. He was throwing a few in there.
"Mal can throw it quite far down the line, and Kellan Gordon. But there's not many players with the Tozer at Cheltenham, with that absolute missile. And you don't want to rely on it too heavily. You just want it as an option sometimes."

David Sharpe on whether iFollow live streaming stays in place after the pandemic is over and things are back to normal:
"Unfortunately that's out of our control to a degree, it's up to EFL and the Government ultimately in terms of if away supporters can go to games.
"Hopefully it stays in place because it's a great service for people who aren't local to the area and struggle to get to away games or home games. But there's not much I can commit to until we know about the return of fans, and away fans."

David Sharpe on full match radio commentary:
"Hopefully from next season, when things are back to normal ... we all hope ... there should be full match commentary.
Mark Stevenson adds:
"Mansfield 103.2 were given the rights to do home commentary, and that's because the iFollow subscriptions are really significant to the club in terms of finance away from home.
"So the chairman did grant Mansfield 103.2 to do home commentary. However they decided to not utilise that option so the club could earn more money overall on the iFollow service."

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How Nigel Clough learnt his man-managemeent skills from legendary dad Brian
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill

Stags boss Nigel Clough believes his style of man management is a key skill he picked up from his legendary father.

Clough junior has made a name for himself in football management, most notably guiding minnows Burton Albion into the Championship for the first time in their history.

But he has always been keen to do things his own way and not simply be a carbon copy of dad Brian.

“I don't try to copy him and be like him because no one ever will be,” said Clough.

read more at https://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/how-nigel-clough-learnt-his-man-managemeent-skills-from-legendary-dad-brian-3163958

“I try to take the principles from the way my dad managed.

“The way you treat the players is most important and trying to have empathy with them at times.

“Treating players with a degree of honesty is important.

“My dad was the best at realising when a player or a team have given their all, didn't quite work out and then you would sometimes get two days off despite having lost a game.

“He realised everyone had given everything and some time away would help before coming back in to prepare on friday.

“Another time we won the League Cup final and we were back in running the next day because he didn't think we had played very well.

“We got straight back to Wembley and on the sunday we were doing a running session because he didn't think we had done our jobs well enough. That's just being honest with the players.”

Honesty is a skill which Clough has needed plenty of in recent weeks after a spate of individual errors cost Mansfield dearly.

While Clough admits that the honesty doesn’t always go down well, he knows it is a necessary part of getting the performances and results needed.

“Not every player appreciates it at times, but it's about being open and honest,” he added.

“We praise them when they do good so, when they make mistakes, we have to point that out, not in a critical negative way but to highlight what they are doing wrong and that they can't keep doing it.

“We are loyal and those who have made mistakes have played the next game.

“Once we have dealt with it we move on, you have no choice with the games coming thick and fast

“You can't feel sorry for yourself and you must have the ability to put it behind you.

“It is difficult for some players because they are very genuine lads and they feel they have let people down when they make mistakes.

“The best thing we can do is put them in the team for the next game so they have a chance to put it right.”



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