Former Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox named as new Barrow manager

Former Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox.

Former Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox.

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Former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has been confirmed as the new boss at Barrow.

After taking over the reigns at the Bluebirds, Cox said he was determinded to emulate his success at Stags by guiding Barrow into the Football League.

Cox, who guided Stags to the Conference Premier title in 2012/13, has signed a a three-and-a-half year deal.

He said: “I’m excited about the future.

“I feel as though I’m in the same position as when I took over at Mansfield a number of years ago. I’m coming to a club that’s pro-active, ambitious and one that wants to go forward.

“So I’m just very excited and wanting to get my teeth into what will be a really good and tough job.

“I’ve got a decent track record and a half-decent win ratio, but I just want to win as many football matches as I can.

“I spoke to the chairman and there are very strong similarities between him and John Radford who was with at Mansfield.

“They are both ambitious and both want to see their clubs progress into the Football League.

“The chairman at Mansfield gave me five years, I managed to do it in two (achieve promotion into League Two). But, for me, there is no tomorrow.

“If we can win as many games as possible I still think this season is very open but, speaking to the chairman, I’m also excited about building the club.”

Cox will take training at Barrow’s Lancaster University training base for the first time today ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Woking.