Boss Russell leaves Mansfield Town

MANSFIELD Town today announced that Duncan Russell’s contract as manager will not be renewed.

Despite guiding the club through a memorable FA Trophy journey to Wembley this season, the Stags’ final league standing of 13th position in the Blue Square Bet Premier was considered disappointing and the club today stated they believed a change of manager is now required in order to achieve the goal of a top five finish next season.

Duncan took charge of first team affairs in December last year following David Holdsworth’s mutual departure.

His final league record as manager was: won nine, drawn seven, lost 11.

Chairman John Radford told “Duncan departs Field Mill with our very best wishes.

“We thank him for his efforts whilst with us, particularly the memories he has given us from this year’s run in the FA Trophy.

“Unfortunately, league results have not been good enough and I feel we must make a fresh start ahead of next season to give us every opportunity of gaining promotion.”

Paul Hall has been placed in temporary charge whilst the club’s search for a new manager begins.

The club will not be rushed into finding a successor and will explore every avenue to appoint the right manager to take Mansfield Town Football Club forward.

Names already rumoured to be in the hat include Dave Penney, Martin Foyle, Paul Cox and even Kevin Phillips.