Stags mourn Wembley assistant manager John Jarman

FORMER Mansfield Town assistant manager John Jarman passed away on Wednesday night, aged 78, after a short illness.

Jarman was assistant to Ian Greaves during the Stags' glory years of promotion and a Wembley Freight Rover Trophy victory in the eighties, working with him at Field Mill from March 1983 to September 1988 - and later spent working with Greaves' replacement George Foster.

Jarman had been living in Forest Town and was still involved in the game last year, helping with the youth set up at Forest Town Welfare FC.

Jarman had worked with Greaves at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Greaves was quick to bring him to Mansfield once he had the job.

It proved to be one of the most successful spells in the club's history.

And Jarman was heavily influential in bringing goalkeeper Kevin Hitchcock to the club who went on to star in the Wembley penalty shoot-out.

As well as Stags and Wolves, Jarman also had a spell as Academy director at Derby County and had five years working with the English FA as head of coaching and another five years in the same position with the Irish FA.

During that time he sent two young players over to England where Frank Stapleton and David O'Leary became Arsenal legends.

Jarman leaves a wife, Barbara, a daughter, Alison, and two grandchildren.

Mansfield Town are hoping to hold a minute's silence before Saturday's FA Cup tie with Altrincham, subject to FA approval.

Stags chairman Andy Perry said: "We send our condolences to John's family - it is a big loss to Mansfield and to football in general.

"He has done so much in the game at all levels.

"Here it was a bit like the Brian Clough and Peter Taylor scenario where Ian Greaves maybe got all the credit but you had a great man working quietly with him behind the scenes."

Stags boss David Holdsworth added: "It is sad news that Mr Jarman has passed away.

"I understand he was a man with a wealth of knowledge and experience and brought some very good players through into the game while supporting Mr Greaves as manager.

"On behalf of this football club, players, staff and myself I would like to offer our consolences to his family."