Dole or new deal, Stags boss Russell concentrating on Wembley

ALTHOUGH chairman John Radford has hinted Duncan Russell may stay on as Mansfield Town manager next season, Russell knows that, win or lose at Wembley, he could be on the dole on Monday.

Radford claimed he and the board had voted about offering Russell a new deal, a claim then denied by director Steve Hymas on the internet.

However, Russell has more important things on his mind today.

“I believe the chairman has said something on the radio but I haven’t heard it and it is not my priority right now,” he said

“If I go in on Monday and I have got a job then great, if not then I will go and sign on.

“The fans have a right go at me sometimes but this town loves its football club, they live and breath it, and I would love to bring the trophy back for them.

“They have had nothing to cheer for so long.”

“Darlington manager Mark Cooper has said he feels they are underdogs as both times we played them he thinks we should have won. Fair play to ‘Coops’ for his honesty. But this is a one-off.

“The whole season has been one of adversity from being locked out of the ground to going to JJB to buy footballs and bibs. So I can only take my hat off to the players for fighting on to get us to Wembley.

“We are going to have to roll our sleeves up out there. It is a massive game and a chance to make history here.”

While not 100 per cent fit, Tom Naylor, Dan Mitchley, Paul Connor and Adam Murray will travel as part of the 15-man squad and play through the pain barrier if necessary.