MICKY Moore this week resigned from his position as Solihull Moors manager at the end of their most successful season ever to join Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox as his assistant.
A former manager of Stratford Town and assistant boss at Redditch United, Moore (37) played for Derby County, Swansea City, Redditch and Telford United but was forced to retire at 29 through injury when he took and passed his UEFA A coaching licence.
He has since managed or been assistant at Solihull Borough, Stratford, Redditch and took over the reigns at Solihull Moors in December last year following the death of then manager, Bob Faulkner.
Moore went on to guide the Moors to seventh position in the Blue Square Bet North - their highest ever league finish - as well as recording an unbeaten run of 18 matches.
“I have known Mickey for a few years now, though I haven’t worked or played with him, but have kept an eye on his career,” said Cox.
“First and foremost, he has a winning mentality. We have a similar thought process.
“He will be an extension of myself on the training ground. Micky is a talented coach and we get on well.”
Moore said: “I came down for a chat with Paul and he told me about the players and where he wants to go.
“Paul’s had a fantastic career so far as a manager and we both sing off the same hymn sheet in terms of how we want our teams to play.
“It was difficult to leave Solihull and I was beginning to build on what we had achieved last season.
“There were few clubs I would have left Solihull to join but there is so much potential here at Mansfield.
“Being a Derby lad I know this club has a great tradition, a good history and is a big club in its own right.
“I know the team the gaffer is putting together will get fans through the door. We have the potential to attract crowds and be a big club again.”
He added: “There is no short-cut to success in this league. If there was then everyone would do it. It takes a lot of hard work and everyone to stick together.
“It is a difficult league. There are 46 games and it won’t be won in August or September.
“Any side we put out here will be organised and hard-working.
“We know over a season there will be games in which we won’t play particularly well.
“You can lose to a better side on the day or a refereeing decision can go against you. But the players will still have given everything and sweated blood.”
l Tickets are now on sale for the Stags Fans United (SFU) annual dinner, on Thursday 8th September at the Mint Indian Restaurant in Mansfield.
Former Stags striker and fans’ hero Phil Stant will be guest speaker at the event, which starts at 7.30pm. Comedian Maxie Peters will also entertain.
Tickets, priced £25, are available from the Mansfield Town FC ticket office on 01623 482482.
l Stags’ final pre-season friendly will be at their FA Trophy opponents, Chasetown, on Saturday, 6th August (3pm).