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5th July 2008 21:18

Video of Full press conference from CHAD website on 04July2008 here
Full audio of press conference from Mansfield 103.2 on 04July2008 here
BBC East Midlands Today on 04July2008
BBC Radio Nottingham interview with Billy McEwan here
BBC Radio Nottingham interview with Andy Saunders <here

Details 'secret' for now - but 'we are not hiding anything'

CHAD.co.uk, 04 July 2008, by Tim Morriss

MANSFIELD Town's new owners have remained tight-lipped over the details of their takeover of the Stags - but promised that figures will be made public in the future.

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New Stags team vow: We're up to challenge



The takeover saga at Field Mill is finally over. The club's supporters can put their 'Haslam Out' banners to rest.

The 15-year reign of Keith Haslam at Mansfield Town is over, with the club looking forward to a new era under the ownership of a consortium of local businessman.

Andy Perry, Andy Saunders and Steve Middleton have exchanged contracts to buy the Stags and lease the stadium, and expect the deal to be formally completed in the next few weeks. The agreement between the two parties is legally binding, meaning no party can pull out.

And the trio have wasted no time in installing the man they hope can guide the club back into the Football League, following relegation into non-league at the end of last season, with the appointment of Billy McEwan on a three-year deal.

Perry will fill the role of club chairman, with Saunders and Middleton becoming directors.

Stephen Booth has also stepped down as chief executive.

McEwan is a former Stags midfielder and was a member of the old Division Three Championship-winning side of 1977 that led to the club's only season in the second tier of English Football.

More than three decades on, he knows he has a tough job on his hands.

He said: "We are starting from scratch. We have only got five or six players at the club and the rest have gone.

"If we had the same squad as last year we should be able to bounce straight back, but they are not here.

"It would be nice but we are talking about building a football club from the very bottom.

"In my opinion, the club has been run down. The facilities are awful."

McEwan won the Division Four title with Rotherham in 1988-1989 and coached at Derby under five different managers, where he had two spells as caretaker boss.

His most recent job was as boss of Blue Square Premier side York between 2005 and 2007.

"I know what the Conference is all about and it is a difficult league," he added.

"People think you can get straight back into the league but it is not like that.

"It is a massive challenge but I have got a lot of affection for this football club.

"Before I came here, my wife said she always had a feeling I would end up back here.

"I want to rebuild the football club and it will rock and roll again."

Saunders will step-down from his role as joint chair of the Stags Supporters' Association, to takeover the day-to-day running of the club alongside Middleton.

He said: "I am a massive Stags' fan and I believe we have got to include the supporters.

"The supporters are the lifeblood of this football club. Without them, this club would be nowhere.

"We are going to run the club more professionally. It has not been run professionally in the past.

"There has been no leadership at the football club in the last 15 years.

"We are going to take this football club forward. We are going to get back into the Football League."



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