Fifteen months ago it seemed that new manager Adam Murray’s illustrious time at Mansfield Town was about to come to an end.
The inspirational midfielder joined Rainworth MW on a month’s loan after having a major fall-out with former boss Paul Cox.
Murray was then shipped out to Worksop Town as he continued to be frozen out at Mansfield Town.
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But, as we all know, Murray is the epitomy of determination and the tough-tackling midfielder refused to leave the club that he loves as he eventually won his place back in the side after he and Cox patched up their differences.
Murray, who began his pro career at Derby County, first donned the Mansfield Town shirt in February 2002 on loan from Derby, during which he helped Stags seal a memorable promotion.
Murray then returned to Mansfield Town on a permanent basis during the 2004/05 season when he played 32 times.
The Birmingham-born midfielder began his third spell at Stags on 1 October 2010 from Luton, with a view to a permanent move, which took place in January 2011.
On 21 June 2012 Murray became assistant manager at Mansfield following Micky Moore’s decision to leave.
During his third spell Murray has made more than 100 appearances for the club, before taking over as caretaker manager following the departure of Paul Cox on 21st November.
After much consideration over whether to throw his name in to the hat for the new manager’s job or to extend his playing career, Murray was interviewed for the role.
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The fans favourite, who beat Plymouth in his first game in charge as caretaker, is certain to have the players playing for him and, equally as important, have the club’s supporters fully behind him, which had become a major issue at the end of Cox’s time in charge.
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