Adam Murray - 176(11) league appearances for the Stags and 25 goals in three spells for the Stags from 2002-2015. The majority of these appearances were in the National League after 2010. A battling skillful midfield player. Captain Fantastic under Paul Cox. He helped get the Stags back in the Football League in 2012-2013 by sheer will power at times.
The following season he became Assistant Manager but then fell out with Paul Cox. He could have gone on loan to a National League club but chose to go on loan to local Step 5 non-league side, Rainworth Miners Welfare who played in the Northern Counties East League. He then went to play for Worksop Town in the Northern Premier League. Some fans argue that he did this on purpose to make a point and put pressure on Paul Cox. Micky Moore (now Head of Recruitment at Cheltenham) helped to build bridges between them and Adam Murray returned to play for the club with the Stags finishing in 11th place in their first season back in League 2. Paul Cox was sacked in November the following season and Adam Murray was appointed caretaker manager and then given the job permanently ahead of other candidates such as James Beattie and Colin Calderwood.
Paul Cox and Adam Murray did well to keep the Stags in the league in 2014-2015 with a very low playing budget. The playing budget was cut from around £1.6 million to £800,000. Micky Moore was Adam Murray's assistant manager and he describes it as his finest achievement in football. The Stags were 19th when he took over as manager and we finished 21st. The Stags had a better record under Paul Cox for the first 17 games. The Stags were arguably lucky to stay up as we lost eight of our last nine games and only finished up with 48 points. The game we did win was a 1-0 home win against Tranmere Rovers who along with Cheltenham were terrible that season and ended up being relegated.
Adam Murray did a great job in 2015-2016 to finish 12th in League 2 with a similar low playing budget of around £800,000-£1,000,000 which was one of the lowest in League 2. We were challenging for the play offs for most of the season. Adam Murray was sacked the following season in November 2016 when the Stags were 22nd (P16 W4 D7 L5) after a 4-0 away defeat at Portsmouth when the Stags had two players sent off in the 2nd half. He was replaced by Steve Evans. He had a decent record away from home but paid the price for “dull defensive home performances”.
The playing budget at Mansfield was drastically increased when Steve Evans arrived and increased even further under David Flitcroft. Steve Evans and David Flitcroft's best players were signed by Adam Murray - Krystian Pearce, Rhys Bennett, Mal Benning, CJ Hamilton, Danny Rose
Total Wages for Club (including non playing staff)
2011-2012: £1,344,256 (Paul Cox finished 3rd in National League)
2012-2013: £2,328,070 (Paul Cox won National League)
2013-2014: £2,071,080 (Paul Cox finished 11th in League 2)
2014-2015: £1,486,334 (Paul Cox and Adam Murray finished 21st in League 2)
2015-2016: £1,464,626 (Adam Murray finished 12th in League 2)
2016-2017: £1,884,466 (Adam Murray/Steve Evans finished 12th in League 2)
2017-2018: £3,762,389 (Estimated)* (Steve Evans/David Flitcroft finished 8th in League 2)
2018-2019: £5,015,644 (Estimated)** (David Flitcroft finished 4th in League 2)
2019-2020: £5,706,953 (Estimated)*** (John Dempster/Graham Coughlan finished 21st in League 2)
* = £1,600,221 for 6 months from 1st July to 31st December 2017 + £2,162,168 (50% of total wages for year ended 31st December 2018).
** = £2,162,168 (50% of total wages for year ended 31st December 2018) + £2,853,476 (50% of total wages for year ended 31st December 2019)
*** = Total wages for year ended 31st December 2019
Adam Murray's Win Rate was 31.9%
2014-2015 P29 W8 D5 L16 (21st)
2015-2016 P46 W17 D13 L16 (12th)
2016-2017 P16 W4 D7 L5 (15th)
Total: P81 W29 D25 L37
Adam Murray likes to analyse games and to look for ways to improve performance. He has done well as a coach at Barnsley. If he can learn from his mistakes at the Stags then there is no reason why he could not do well. He does not take criticism well though and can be a bit prickly and over sensitive. The Vale fans can be a tough crowd.
Players Signed By Adam Murray
Junior Brown (initial loan)
Billy Kee (loan)
Callum Elder (loan)
Adam Smith (loan)
Lenny Pidgeley (loan)
Jeffrey Monakana (loan)
Terry Hawkridge (loan)
Blair Adams (loan)
Daniel Alfei (loan)
James Caton (loan)
Junior Daniel (loan)
Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (loan)
Sean Kavanagh (loan)
Cain Smith (loan)
Kyle Howkins (loan)
Alex Iacovitti (loan)