Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox in dreamland after promotion

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Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox admitted he was in dreamland this afternoon after leading the club back into the Football League at the second time of asking.

But he also admitted he already had one eye on making the Stags a success in League Two next season.

Mansfield’s 1-0 win over Wrexham this afternoon took them up as champions after a five-year exile and, a year on after his tears at the play-offs exit to York City, Cox smiled: “I am dreamland to be honest.

“The sort of feelings that are running through me I don’t understand.

“The lads have been immense, and there were a few out there running on empty tanks. But they got us over the line.

“I am so proud of the players, the supporters and this club. They are all magnificent.

“I has all been about desire. We went for something we wanted and got it.

“These lads would go through a brick wall for you. Each and everyone has worked so hard.

“I believe that throughout a season the best teams get promoted and the worst teams get relegated. We won the most games and we scored the most goals. So looking at those statistics, we deserved to be promoted.

“I just love winning. That is what motivates me.”

However, he added: “Call me a miserable so and so but it’s over for me now and I want to be hungry for the next challenge.

“I have always said we can take this football club to the stars if we concentrate and are hungry.

“I will have a few pints tonight with the lads and then hopefully a few more with friends, family and loved ones.

“The lads will want to go and celebrate on their own. I am sure they will want to drink all weekend now. I know I would if I was still a player. They deserve it.

“They are honest lads. We have had a few rows and a few laughs. We have won and lost together.

“I have had very good people around me in the dressing room with my staff and they deserve a lot of credit. They are all honest people.”

On owner John Radford, he added: “We have got a great bloke running and owning this club. He is a special man and I love him to bits. He has

given me the tools to achieve what we have been trying to achieve and he is a winner.

“I have no doubt we will sit down and look at an assault next season. He won’t want to stand still.”