“I live and die this football club.”
That was the message from Adam Murray as he reaffirmed his commitment to Mansfield Town.
The Stags boss had hinted he would consider his future after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Stevenage.
The loss was said to have sparked a heated response by some sections of the Stags fan base.
Murray later revealed he had been targeted for some personal abuse when walking towards the tunnel.
But he has today moved to reassure supporters of his dedication to the Mansfield Town cause.
He said: “My head was clear on Saturday [but] I’m an emotional guy, aren’t I? I don’t want to change that, that’s my way of caring. “On Saturday, it was probably blown out of proportion by yours truly, me, because of my passion and my care. I will never hide that. I live and die for this football club.
“I do apologise to the fans and to anyone else if I gave a sense of the unknown because that’s not nice. That’s my emotions.
“As a passionate guy, I knew when I first took the job that my passion and ties to the club were going to be one of my biggest strengths, but if I didn’t manage it right it would be one of my biggest weaknesses.”
He added: “On Saturday, I needed to know that the situation was right for everybody. I came into this job with a personal aim of progressing the club consistently.
“I needed to make sure over the past couple of days that the club and team can move forward as one and after speaking to a lot of people and having a good chat with the chairman especially, it confirmed my beliefs and commitment to the cause and project that we’re on.”
Murray revealed his conversation with Stags owner John Radford had helped him focus.
“Sometimes his harsh words are good for me and it enabled me to take the time to focus on what is probably not quite clicking,” said Murray.
“I’ve done that and I’ve spoken to my players over the past couple of days. I always know when I look people in the eye where everyone is at.
“The feeling I have received over the past few days is that there is a frustration in the group because we feel we should have won more games than we have done but at the same time there are very fine lines.
“We have been on a good run of results, and have lost only four games this season. Had we turned some of the draws into wins then we would be sitting in a very healthy position. Had we taken some of the golden opportunities on Saturday we would be sitting sixth now and probably wouldn’t be having this conversation.
“But at times you need these moments to make you stronger and grow and we’ve had that over the past few days.
“I still believe that this project is nowhere near finished in my eyes. Whether it’s this year, next year or the year after, I want to leave the club in the better place than I found it; that’s always been my aim.”
And the Stags’ boss also re-committed his future to the club.
“My biggest strength is making this club as one,” said Murray. “This is about us. We all want the best for Mansfield.
“This isn’t a one-man target for Adam Murray, I came into this job for us and as long as I believe we can progress us, I will continue to do that. I’m not going anywhere for a long while.
“I probably needed the weekend to shake me up, have a conversation with my family, the chairman and some of the fans over the last few days. Sometimes we forget how far we’ve taken the club in a short amount of time.
“I believe this group can consistently win and I believe we’re very close to be consistently winning. We’re three points off the play-offs. Should we be in the play-offs? Yes we should. Would we be saying that two years ago? No.
“We need to get back on track and what we’re about and what I believe in and what I believe is right.”