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21st May 2020 12:59

Neal Bishop not surprised by release from Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday, 21st May 2020

Neal Bishop says he was not surprised by his release from Mansfield Town.

The veteran midfielder was released following the announcement of the club’s retained list - a decision which he says he was ‘expecting’ and has no hard feelings over.

“When I joined I thought at the start that it would probably be me done when the contract runs out, with my age and things,” he added.

“The way the season started and the way it was going, I just wasn’t enjoying it at all. I spoke to the manager when he came in and told him my thoughts.



Feature interview: Neal Bishop on being haunted by MK Dons failure and why a poor pre-season cost Mansfield Town dear
chad.co.uk, By Stephen Thirkill, Thursday, 21st May 2020

After a career spanning more than 500 Football League games Neal Bishop has some amazing memories.

Making his Championship debut for Blackpool at home town club Middlesborough and winning the League Two title in 2009/10 with Notts County are just two of the many stand-out moments.

But one of his biggest regrets is being unable to clinch promotion with Mansfield Town.

Stags looked nailed on for promotion to League One after going into the final three games of the 2018/19 season needing a win against either Stevenage or Oldham or a point against MK Dons.

Instead they came away with three defeats in a row to miss out on automatic promotion to MK Dons, before exiting the play-offs on penalties to Newport.

And Bishop, who was released by Stags on Monday, admits it is a failure that still haunts him to this day.

“It was just heart-breaking at the end of season to miss out,” he said. “We all know we should have got over the line and that is down to us as players.

“I played the majority of games and take as much responsibility as anyone. It was heart-breaking.

“It is down to us and that disappointment will stay with me for a hell of a long time.