Stags manager Cox refuses to enter war of words with assistant Murray

Paul Cox refused to enter into a war of words with his assistant manager Adam Murray after stories suggesting the relationship between the two of them had broken down in the press this morning.

Murray is about to start a second month on loan at neighbours Rainworth MW but was hurt by comments Cox was alleged to have made earlier on the week.

However, today Cox said the newspaper in question had since retracted the story which the club had said was made up of two separate stories and taken out of context.

Murray’s agent Culbertson said: “Adam was very surprised and disappointed with the remarks made about him which were not only inappropriate, but also untrue and unjustified.

“Adam feels as though his character has been brought into question despite his loyal contribution to the club’s success last season, where he was youth coach, player, captain and assistant manager.

“What more commitment can you have than that?

“Everybody involved with Adam over the past years know what he is about and the passion he has for his club and to have that questioned has both shocked and hurt him.

“He is fully aware the manager has made it clear he has no future role to play at the club hence his decision to accept a further loan.”

However, Cox retorted: “I find it quite strange how someone can put something in the press on the morning of a very important game.

“Adam Murray spoke to me and texted me and asked if he could go on loan.

“He then asked me and texted me if he could extend it.

“When we read what had gone in the paper our head of media contacted them and pointed out it was two stories they had put together and asked them to retract it which they did.

“Adam Murray was told that had been done before the story that appeared this morning.

“Then I also find out he is going to be running Rainworth’s Academy.

“I will let people make up their own minds about this. It’s not my style to start slinging mud around.

“No one is bigger than this football club.

“I am not getting into a war of words. I have facts to back everything up verbally and written. The story was a mistake and the paper retracted it.”