PAUL Cox is hoping to finally put pen to paper and sign his new two-year contract as Mansfield Town manager so he can quickly begin plotting a route to promotion for next season.
Cox spoke with chairman John Radford yesterday and will be back in talks with him today and said: “We had a good meeting yesterday and I hope we can sit down again later today.
“It’s not about finance for me, we are just talking about the infrastructure of the club and going forward. We had a really positive chat and I would hope by the weekend I have put a signature on the document and can get on with it.
“I do not want to stand still. I want to take this club forwards.
“We can’t rest on our laurels. We have to push on and I have some tough decisions to make on players which I will do by the end of next week.
“We do have a lot of good players here so we don’t need lots of changes. It is my job to analyse why we finished third and bring in players that can help me win the title.
“Also, we have players here in various Teams of the Year so I know other clubs will be looking at my players too.
“I have some good players I would like to bring in straight away. These are players who have been champions in the past so now what it takes.
“But it’s no co-incidence that players who have won championships are top of everyone’s shopping lists. And they cost money.
“A lot of clubs will be throwing money at it next season and it’s no coincidence the last two years the title has been won by the club with the highest wages.
“Money is important, I am not going to lie. But I will be given a budget to work with and I won’t go over the top.”