Stags want experience for new U21 boss

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Mansfield Town are looking to appoint someone with experience at a good level as the manager of their new U21 side next season.

The side will be entered into the reserve league next season and double up as an exit route from youth football to prepare for the first team as well as a side in which Stags can get injured/fringe senior first team players fit.

“With the U21s thing, that’s still an ongoing process,” said boss Adam Murray.

“We need to get the staff for that sorted out as, although it comes under an U21 banner, it is a reserve team.

“So I’d like to think next season what we missed out for with the first team like game time for people not playing, it will be a massive bonus for us next season. “But that member of staff has to be right as if you are dealing with first team players, with all due respect, you can’t just be Joe Bloggs off the street. You need to know the game.

“I will take this forward and I expect a lot of our own (youth) players to be involved.”

Murray added: “The youth set-up will continue to grow. I’ve told them the problem they’ve got now, as we have, is you’re going to be expected to do even better next season now.

“So it gets tougher. But that’s where the club has got to stand up as well and move forward with us.

“In my vision of the project this is we are probably ahead of where I expected us to be now and I am frustrated because we could have been a little bit further but for minor things. But I think our next step will be twice as quick as this one.

“If we get what we need and what I’d like to get I honestly believe I can take this club to places it may not have been before. It’s really exciting.”

But Murray said patience had to be the key word as the club had to move forward step by step.

He explained: “We’ve got a lot of good people working for us at the minute, a lot of good staff, and it’s about sticking to that vision and that process and saying this is where our next point is. We need to move to here.

“We can’t get carried away though and say we are A, let’s try to get to F just for the banter. You can’t do that. Sometimes, as hard as it is to be patient, you have to stay with the ride.”

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