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17 December 2008


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Stags draw up shortlist for manager's vacancy
CHAD.co.uk, 16 December 2008, By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town's new owners have a short-list of candidates for the vacant manager's job - and interviews are being held this week.

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The short-list was created from 30plus applicants, who contacted the Stags after boss Billy McEwan and his assistant Neil Richardson were sacked on Wednesday night.

The club will not now make a decision on the new boss ahead of Saturday's match with Weymouth - as it had originally hoped.

But McEwan's replacement - which the Stags has said will be a two-man team - may be in place in time for the Boxing Day trip to Kettering . . . with the club still hoping that the new management will be in place ahead of the January transfer window.

Co-owner Andy Saunders told Chad on Tuesday that caretaker managers Adie Moses and Mark Stallard would definitely be in charge for Saturday's match against Weymouth.

And he confirmed that the club is still receiving applications, both from non league and Football League managers.

He said: "We will be going through an interview process this week from a shortlist."

It is not known who is on the shortlist - but it is thought that current Bury number two Chris Wilder and former York City boss Colin Walker are likely to be among those being seriously considered by new owners Andy Perry, Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders to be the club's seventh manager in just four years.

Former terrace hero Richie Barker remains a favourite among many fans to return in at least a player/coaching role.


Speed link with Stags' job dismissed - 'no approach' says Wilder
CHAD.co.uk, 16 December 2008, By Tim Morriss
ONE of the fans' favourites for the vacant Stags' manager's job, former Halifax Town and Alfreton Town manager Chris Wilder, has said there has been no approach for him.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

However, Wilder - currently assistant to Alan Knill at Bury - confirmed that he remains interested in a return to management.

Stags co-owner Andy Saunders refused to be drawn on the list of candidates being put on the club's shortlist for interviews for the manager's job and whether that included, as thought, Wilder, ex-York boss Colin Walker or fans' hero Richie Barker.

However, he did dismiss rumours that Premiership legend and current Sheffield United player Gary Speed had inquired about the Stags job. Saunders told Chad about the Welsh international rumours: "We have had no contact from Gary Speed or anyone representing him."

Wilder (41) was at the helm of Alfreton as they surged to promotion to Unibond One in 2002, suffering just one league defeat in his three quarters of a season in charge.

He then joined Halifax Town for six years, guiding them to the Conference Play-Off finals in 2007, before leaving in the summer when the club folded and was reborn as FC Halifax in Unibond One North.

Wilder, now assistant manager at Bury, told Chad: "I am under contract here at Bury and there has been no approach.

"I am really enjoying my time here at Bury as assistant, but if there was an approach from Mansfield we would have to deal with it.

"Long-term I see myself as a manager, I was one for six years and the manager here knows that I have ambitions.

"If I am linked (to the Mansfield job) it is probably on the back of the Halifax job and the work I am doing now."


Davies hits out at link to Mansfield vacancy

Dec 17 2008 by Neil Turner, Liverpool Daily Post

CHESTER CITY youth team coach Simon Davies has reacted angrily to reports that he is interested in taking over as manager of Blue Square Premier club Mansfield Town.

Davies, who was sacked as Chester manager a month ago but returned to the Deva Stadium last week to go back to his former job in charge of the club's youngsters was on a scouting mission last weekend at the FA Trophy tie between Wrexham and manager-less Mansfield at the Racecourse, and he is of the opinion that people have come to the wrong conclusion about his attendance at the match.

He said: “Mark Wright asked me to go over to Wrexham and run the rule over one or two things, I am certainly not interested in the vacancy at Field Mill that's for sure.

“I have just signed a new contract with Chester to oversee the youth set up, and I am definitely not interested in doing anything else. “Obviously some people saw me at the Racecourse and jumped to conclusions, but my future is developing youngsters for Mark and Steve Bleasdale and nothing else.”


Forest legend wants Stags manager's job
CHAD.co.uk, 16 December 2008, By Tim Morriss
FORMER Scottish international, Nottingham Forest legend and European Cup winner Kenny Burns has joined the race to be the next Mansfield Town manager.


Burns (55) applied for the job on Tuesday, telling Chad on Wednesday: "I have a wealth of experience I would like to pass on.

"Mansfield Town is a a very big club and for them to be where they are now is a disaster."

The Stags said on Tuesday that they were drawing up a shortlist of candidates and starting an interview process this week - but were still accepting applications.

Chad has been made aware of a wide variety of applicants over recent days as the vacancy - created when the club's new owners sacked Billy McEwan last Wednesday.

Bury number two Chris Wilder, former Stags striking hero Richie Barker and ex-York boss Colin Walker are among the names mentioned by fans, together with the experienced and available John Ward and Steve Cotterill. Two other managers with strong local non-league links, Gary Mills and Steve Burr, have also been added to the rumours.

The Stags are looking for a two-man team to come in ahead of the January transfer window and Burns told Chad: "I would have a number two with me, who fully knows the non-league scene and teams. He is currently a manager in non-league football and ready to come if I get the job."

Burns won the European Cup twice with Nottingham Forest in 1979 and 1980, played in the World Cup for Scotland and won the Division 1 title. He also gained experience in non-league at the end of his career with Telford, Stafford Rangers and local side Sutton Town.

More recently he has been working as an after-dinner speaker and on the corporate side at Nottingham Forest, but Burns added: "I have played ay every level and have a wealth of experience I want to pass on.

"I am a big fan of local football and have been watching Mansfield. They need leadership, knowing what to do and how to do it.

"If I could play now I would, football is in my blood and I am very passionate about the game still.

"I even argue with the 'missus' when I watch matches on TV when players do the simple things wrong. I can pass on the simple things, it is not rocket science . . . things should not be too complicated.

"I have a belief in my own ability and can translate that to the players."


Forest legend Burns in for Mansfield job
Evening Post, December 17, 2008
NOTTINGHAM Forest double European Cup winner Kenny Burns has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next manager of Mansfield Town.
Burns admits he is not sure how Stags supporters would react to him being in charge following the sacking of Billy McEwan last week but feels he would have plenty to offer as part of a two-man team.
"I have to admit I do not know the non-league scene that well," said Burns.
"But I have talked to someone who has a lot of non-league experience and would be prepared to come in alongside me. I would not be going into it blind."


Wembley hero wants to be new Mansfield Town manager
CHAD.co.uk, 17 December 2008, By Tim Morriss
A STAGS playing legend has joined the lengthening list of applicants for the vacant Mansfield Town manager's job.


Kevin Kent (43), one of the Stags' 1987 Wembley heroes when he scored the club's only goal in open play at the 'home of football', told Chad: "I have a fondness for the club, I care for the football club and I have the modern-day coaching skills."

Kent is believed to have thrown threw his hat into the ring this week after Billy McEwan was sacked last Wednesday - and his application is one of many currently being considered by the new Stags owners who have also started interviewing some candidates.

In five and a half years at Field Mill Kent played 246 matches and scored 42 goals - the most memorable, of course, being in the Freight Rover Trophy Final of 1987 when the Stags drew 1-1 with Bristol City and won a penalty shoot-out.

Kent opened the scoring for the Stags and has been a hero ever since.

He moved to Port Vale from Field Mill and spent another six years there, before ending his playing career in 1996.

Since then he has gained experience in coaching - both at Port Vale and latterly Stoke City - and also kept in touch with the game through media work.

Kent, who has his Uefa A coaching licence, told Chad: "I have good memories of my time at Mansfield. We perhaps over-punched our weight.

"It wasn't always a bed of roses during my time there, but the manager brought in good players.

"We didn't realise how good Ian Greaves was until he left . . . and then there was also Billy Dearden and George Foster. We had a great four or five years.

"I have always coached since I stopped playing and have always had a full licence . . . I have been working outside football for a time and managing sporting facilities, but have always done coaching, too.

"I had been at Port Vale coaching and am now at Stoke City, working with them.

"I was asked to go there by George Foster (Stags captain in Kent's time at Field Mill) and work there four days a week.

"It is a great experience and I thoroughly enjoy it.

"But the next progression for me is to get back into football."

The former wingman added: "I hope that the fans will remember me as an attac minded, creative player who always gave 100%. That is what they want to see and how I like my football to be played."


Stags chairman says Barker not in manager race
CHAD.co.uk, 17 December 2008

STAGS chairman Andy Perry says that fans favourite Richie Barker is not being considered for the vacant manager's job at Field Mill.


The Mansfield Town boss - and his two fellow co-owners Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders - have drawn up a shortlist of seven candidates, so far, from the many applications received for the vacant manager's post.

Already two people have been interviewed - with further interviews planned later this week as the club continues to receive applications.

Perry told the club's website mansfieldtown.net in an audio interview: "Richie Barker, I have already said, it won't be happening . . . he is not on the shortlist, he is employed by a football club. There is no CV coming from him and no-one else has offered his name to the football club."

At the weekend Perry - who has said that would-be managers must apply for the job - had already distanced the club from the clamour for Barker to be given a player/manager or player/coach role - click here for report.

The chairman added: "We have spoken to two (candidates) already . . . there is seven on the shortlist. All have the qualities we are looking for, now we need to speak to the people themselves and see how they come across."

He confirmed that there would not be an announcement on the new manager ahead of the weekend, but again re-iterated that the club wants the new two-man managaement team in place for the January transfer window.

He added: "This is all takes time as we (the three owners) have other things to do with our own businesses, look at Oxford who are into their third week looking at the managerial decision.

"We are trying to get the candidate that we feel can do the job . . . it will be a joint decision between the three of us. We feel that from the list we have there will be two or three on there who we will all agree on.

"It has been interesting, some of the CVs don't do some of the people justice, that is why personal interviews are so important - as in all walks of life.

"The prudent thing now is to give 'Adie' and 'Stall' plenty of encouragement and time to do their jobs properly. We would like as much support as possible on Saturday, we would love people to come down for a massive, massive game."

Earlier today Stags playing legend Kevin Kent and former Nottingham Forest star Kenny Burns said they had applied for the job.

Speculations suggests that Bury assistant manager Chris Wilder and former York boss Colin Walker are among those to also be under consideration.


Ward not in race to be next Stags manager
CHAD.co.uk, 18 December 2008, By Tim Morriss
EXPERIENCED lower leagues manager John Ward is not in the running to be the next Mansfield Town manager, Chad understands.


Ward (57), sacked recently at Carlisle, is known to have applied for the vacant jobs in the Football League at Swindon and Crewe and there is also strong speculation linking him to Stags' BSP rivals Oxford.

But it is believed that he has not made contact with Field Mill and so, despite fans' rumours, is not among the seven people shortlisted for the Stags job.

Two other recently sacked non league managers are, however, thought to be in the frame for the job, together with Bury assistant manager Chris Wilder.

However, today both former York boss Colin Walker and ex-Oxford manager Darren Patterson declined to comment when approached by Chad.

Patterson (39), a defender during a playing career of more than 200 first team games with WBA, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Luton, Dundee United, York City and Oxford, started his coaching career at Oxford and was twice manager at the Manor Ground – before being sacked for a second time at the end of November.

Walker (50) spent a large part of his playing career in New Zealand, but also played for Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday, Cambridge United and Darlington.

Overall, he won New Zealand's golden boot during three of the five years he spent playing in the country, which he also represented despite being born in England.

A respected coach, he worked at Barnsley and Leeds before taking over from Billy McEwan as manager in 2007. Ironically he was dismissed last month after the Stags put the Minstermen out of the FA Cup.

A surprise name linked with the Stags on supporters' websites - Ilkeston Town manager and former vastly experienced Football League defender Dave Holdsworth - has not applied for the job, Chad understands. Neither has ex-player and manager George Foster, despite rumours to the contrary.

On Wednesday, Stags playing legend Kevin Kent and Nottingham Forest European Cup hero Kenny Burns confirmed that they had made enquiries about the job.

Mansfield Town owners Andy Perry, Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders have drawn up a shortlist of seven candidates, so far, from the many applications received for the vacant manager's post.

And they have begun interviewing for a replacement for sacked Billy McEwan - while also continuing to receive applications.

They plan to have a new management team of two in place for the January transfer window, though caretaker managers Adie Moses and Mark Stallard are in charge this weekend.


Stags manager decision may be after Christmas - Perry
CHAD.co.uk, 19 December 2008, By Tim Morriss
THE search for the new Mansfield Town manager will go on this week - and an announcement on Billy McEwan's replacement may not be made until after the Boxing Day match at Kettering.

Chairman Andy Perry - currently interviewing candidates with co-owners Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders - told Chad: "We are moving steadily towards a decision, but at the moment we have not got just one person in mind.

"It may be that we do not make an announcement before Christmas, now.

"We are still getting CVs and there are some decent people among those. It has been very interesting and there has been a lot of positive vibes from some candidates."

The chairman did not want to add to any speculation on the identity of the managers being given serious consideration by the club.

But it is thought that Darren Patterson, Chris Wilder and Colin Walker have been interviewed, while the chairman has said that fans favourite Richie Barker 'will not happen'.

Other names mentioned in the rumours include Alan Buckley, Gary Mills, Steve Cotterill, Steve Burr, John Schofield and John Ward - though it is thought that Ward is being lined up at Oxford.

Speculation linking Welsh international Gary Speed or Danny Wilson, sacked this week at Hartlepool, with the Stags have been dismissed by the club.

Former Stags player Kevin Kent has applied, while former Nottingham Forest star Kenny Burns did make an enquiry at Field Mill.


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