Give Stags boss Paul Cox a new contract, captain Adam Murray urges Mansfield Town

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STAGS skipper Adam Murray today urged the club to offer manager Paul Cox a long term contract.

There had been speculation over Cox’s future this week with Burton Albion reputed to be interested in his services and no sign of a new contract from Stags where his current deal ends in the summer, despite him steering the club to their best season in years.

“To lose the gaffer would be massive to the team and the fans - he has lifted a lot of clouds,” said Murray.

“The guy knows where he is going and we now need to give him the freedom of control here. His vision for the future is only to a certain point as he is out of contract at the end of the season.

“He needs to be given the reins and security of saying do what you’re doing on a bigger scale, not just for next season. Why not say let’s go and build for the four or five years?”

Murray was disappointed with the 2-0 defeat at Fleetwood today but said: “That might be the best thing that could have happened to us today.

“The last couple of months we’ve been floating so this is a wake-up call and tells us maybe we are not as good as we think we are.

“I don’t want to take the shine off everything with the ground and recent results, but there is still a hell of a lot of work to do here.

“For the first 30 minutes we were right in the game. If we’d taken our chances then the game turns on its head. After that we went away a bit from what we are about.

“But you can dig and dig and come out of it feeling pretty bad. All we need to do is pick up on little things and learn from them.”