Date: 19th June 2015 at 10:19pm
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Following the departure of Chris Hargreaves and his coaching staff, the new board of the club have appointed former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox.

With Hargreaves going on gardening leave after agreement couldn’t be found following the takeover, Cox comes in with previous experience at Eastwood Town, and of course he led Mansfield into League Two once more two seasons ago.

A tough defender in his playing days with Notts County, Halifax Town and Kettering Town, he made his name as a gaffer by taking Eastwood to successive promotions and having made the move to Mansfield in May 2011 he lifted the Conference title with them inside of two years – they also reached the FA Cup third round, taking on Liverpool that promotion winning season.





On potential transfers, the new manager explained.

‘I’ve been casting the net far and wide and we’ve been getting some good responses. I’d like to think we’d see some movement probably early next week. We’re not going to have a lot of resources next season, but I’ve managed with that in the past and been successful. I’m sure if we’re patient and I make some good decisions with players I can’t see why, in future seasons, this club can’t be back where it was. It’s not ideal at this minute, but in another sense it gives me scope to bring in a number of my own players.’

At the moment we only have nine players contracted for the coming season, and four of those are teenagers.

In other quotes carried by the media he also said he’s come to us to win, and whilst that won’t be easy, it will be our aim.

‘I haven`t come down here to enjoy the sunshine, or the coast; I am here to win football matches. And I will be the first one to be upset, because I am hard on myself, if that doesn`t materialise. I just want to get started now. I don`t enjoy this type of thing, I just want to get my training kit on and get the players in and try and create a mind-set amongst the players, which I hope the supporters will understand. I want them to have a smile on their face and we need them behind us.’

Cox does know that given the circumstances surrounding the club at the moment that patience will be required, but he did have a promise to fans.

‘The last club I went to, I went in and said I`d make them successful and I will say the same here. I will make the club successful, although it might take a little bit longer in terms of the time-span, but ultimately, it is seeing the club grow and progress and stabilise and then hopefully we can push on from League Two. At Mansfield, the chairman gave me five years to get the club promoted. We got into the play-offs in my first year and won the league in my second year. Obviously things here are a bit different financially and so on, but I always put pressure on myself. I said to Dean I haven`t come here to make up the numbers. I have never done that in my career as a player or in management and I won`t have it where anyone doesn`t want to be successful at this football club.’

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