Mansfield Town boss John Dempster excited by quality of targets as he bids for up to six new faces

Plotting success - new Stags boss John Dempster with CEO Carolyn Radford and chairman John Radford in Portugal.
Plotting success - new Stags boss John Dempster with CEO Carolyn Radford and chairman John Radford in Portugal.

New Mansfield Town manager John Dempster has made bids for two strikers and said he was excited by the quality of the players he has targeted.

He also said he is now hoping to bring in five or six new faces to a squad that narrowly missed out on promotion last time around.

Dempster has been called out to Portugal this week for talks with chairman John Radford and CEO Carolyn Radford to plot the coming season’s assault on League Two glory.

“It’s been a very busy few weeks speaking to agents and players and I’m very excited about the targets we have highlighted to potentially join our already strong squad,” said Dempster.

“This has been reinforced by the several enquiries I have had about different individual players.

“But, as I’ve previously said, I’m looking forward to working with the squad and only a very attractive offer would see any player going the other way.

“My assistant manager (Lee Glover) and I have had further time to watch last season’s games and analyse more thoroughly which areas we need to support and strengthen, whilst at the same time, viewing talent and quality players at other clubs.

“Lee’s knowledge of players at this level, below and above, is highly impressive. He will be a real asset to our football club.”

Dempster remains patient in getting the right players in

“Our club is an attractive prospect for players because of our owners, current squad and new training ground,” he said.

“But we must be patient and efficient in our work, making sure that the new players improve us on the pitch and live the club’s values off it.

“I expect the market to speed up in the next two weeks because players will be returning from holiday and want to know where their futures are.

“Five, possibly six signings is our aim and certain negotiations will be coming to a conclusion in due course.

“There are many quality players who are out of contract and we have made final bids for two strikers to two different clubs and we are now awaiting their response.”

He added: “I have meetings with the chairman and chief executive today and tomorrow in Portugal and fly home later in the week to plan and prepare this for this next chapter.

“Our supporters have lots to look forward to with the pre-season games we have in July and, come the first week in August, I believe we will have a squad of players that are ready to fight for success and do them proud.”