Preparation for Mansfield Town’s home clash with Bristol Rovers today is being overshadowed by a spat between boss Paul Cox and his assistant Adam Murray.
Murray went out on loan to neighbours Rainworth Miners’ Welfare a month ago, a move said to be purely to get Murray some match fitness after the club skipper lost his place in the side.
But Cox made comments earlier this week suggesting a breakdown in relationships between the pair and questioning Murray’s commitment to the cause.
However, this morning Murray’s agent, Gino Culbertson, admitted the player and assistant manager was surprised and disappointed by Cox’s comments about him.
The 31-year-old, on his third spell with the Stags, believes the manager no longer wants him as part of his plans, suggesting his time with the club could be coming to a disappointing end with Murray now getting involved with a new U19 scholarship scheme at Rainworth.
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. Other than this we will not comment further at this stage.”