PAUL Cox today assured supporters that stories linking him with a move to Burton Albion were pure speculation – but the Stags boss is only contracted until the summer and hinted he would like to tie up a new deal with chairman John Radford soon.
With Stags winning seven times in an eight-game unbeaten run that has seen them storm into third place in the table, the last thing fans wanted to hear this week were reports that League Two Burton Albion had Cox on a shortlist for their manager’s post.
But Cox, who had refused to discuss the stories with the press all week and concentrate on the Alfreton trip, which they won 6-3, he finally said today: “They are rumours and, as far as I am concerned, that’s all.
“On Tuesday night I just wanted to make sure we were focussed.
“There has been no contact between Burton and myself so at the minute, it’s just rumours. It doesn’t worry me, I don’t think my head is turned. I can’t worry about things I have no control over.
“If I am going to be honest, if we were sat in the bottom three, the rumour mill is going to be that I will get the sack. If you are third from the top, the rumour is you are getting interest from other clubs.
“As far as I am concerned, I have a job to do at Mansfield until the chairman tells me otherwise.
“If someone contacts Mr Radford directly and wants to talk to him about me, that’s out of my control.”
Cox is hopeful he will be offered a new deal at Field Mill but, as that is out of his control, said he is just trying to concentrate on his job and secure Stags’ likely play-off spot.
If he achieves that, he is bound to attract offers from elsewhere and the end of his current deal is in sight with Stags. So the onus remains on chairman Radford to make a move sooner than later if he wants Cox at the helm next season.
However, Cox said “My contract will take care of itself. Things take care of themselves in football.
“I do have a young family and this job can be horrible. I have a mortgage and bills to pay like everyone else. Everyone wants to feel secure.
“But in football, one minute you’re a hero and everything is bubbling, six months down the line you can be out of a job.
“I do like being part of a long term project like I was at Eastwood.
“The average time managers are in a job is about 18 months, but I had three or four good years at Eastwood where I had chances to move into the Football League but turned them down.
“For me it’s the thrill of the chase and I am enjoying my time here and my relationship with the chairman.
“This speculation is not a part of the business that I enjoy, though I know some do get off on it. I just want to get my head down and try my hardest for whoever I work for.”
Chairman Radford would not be drawn on when or if a new deal woul be put in front of the manager and said: ““I’ve had no approach from any club (regarding Paul’s services). As far as I am concerned, Paul will not be leaving Mansfield.”