Leicester’s team spirit the way forward for Stags, says boss Murray

Adam Murray.
Adam Murray.

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is holding up Leicester City’s stunning title success as a shining example of what Stags could achieve at their own level with the right team spirit.

Although Leicester are at Premier League level and the Stags in League Two, there are definite parallels in being two unglamorous clubs with smaller budgets than most of their rivals.

Like the Foxes, Murray has also tried to overcome the lack of big names or big wages by fostering a fantastic team spirit that saw his side in the play-off spots against the odds for much of the campaign before their push petered out.

So he was quick to praise Claudio Ranieri’s men, who were 5000-1 outsiders to lift the title, saying: “They have been phenomenal.

“When we played them in pre-season I think everyone in the football world said this could be a long season for Leicester. It just goes to show.

“I was listening to Scott Parker on Monday Night Football – and these are people that have been in good Premiership teams – and he said it just goes to show the power of team spirit.

“On a slightly lesser note, that’s just what we’ve tried to do here this season. We’ve had a ridiculous fighting spirit as a team.

“Everyone has bought into what I’ve wanted as a manager. Everybody has bought into each other as individuals.

“I think Leicester is the pinnacle of what you can achieve if you do that.”

Murray added: “It doesn’t have to be about superstars or 11 fantastic individual footballers, whatever level it is.

“If you have a team that believes in the targets you’re setting, in each other and in the way forward, the world really is your oyster.

“Do you need that little bit of X-Factor? Of course you do.

“You look at Leicester and they’ve had two or three of the best players in the Premier League this season. So yes you do.

“But in the grander scheme of things, if you’ve got that team spirit, that fighting spirit, you can’t buy that.”