Stags manager Paul Cox expecting quiet transfer deadline day at the One Call

Adam Murray.
Adam Murray.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox says he expects ‘quite a quiet day’ today as the permanent transfer window closes tonight.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of his assistant manager and midfielder Adam Murray (pictured) and striker Jake Speight still going out on loan this week.

Murray sprang a surprise last week when it was revealed that, despite being assistant manager, he was unhappy not being in the side and had asked to go out on loan to get some games under his belt.

And Speight, having dropped well down the pecking order, also looked set to go out. With no clubs having enquired about a move for him on a permanent basis by today, Cox thought it now seemed more likely Speight would go out on loan or stay and battle for a place.

“There won’t be anyone coming in and I’d be surprised if there was anyone going out, so I think it will be quite a quiet day,” said Cox.

“I will be speaking to Adam Murray after training today to see where the land lies. Before the weekend we wanted to concentrate on the build-up to the Dagenham game.

“I put out a circular at the end of last week but I have not had any phone calls. But I believe Adam and his representative have sorted out something with Brackley in the Conference North which I think would initially be for a month. It’s all a bit vague at the moment so I need to sit down with him.

“It’s up to him and I have to abide by his decision. Adam wants to play football and I can’t please all the people all the time. But it’s certainly not the end for him here or Jake. I have a good relationship with both players and want to see them working hard to get back into my first team.

“A couple of clubs have spoken to Jake but nothing has happened as yet. If nothing does happen then I hope he will get his head down and try to get back in the first team. He will be given the same opportunities as everyone else.”

Paul Black, who has been out on loan at Carlisle, is almost at the end of his month but was injured at the weekend, so no decision has yet been made on extending the deal or recalling him to the One Call. “We will cross that bridge when we speak to him,” said Cox.

Otherwise, the manager was in in no rush today to strengthen his promoted side that has just gone four games unbeaten in the Football League with Saturday’s 3-0 win over Dagenham.

“This is one of the better starts we have made,” he said. “I am happy with the team, we are playing consistently well and we have some very good players to come into the side who are champing at the bit.”

Ollie Palmer and James Jennings, who went off injured on Saturday, should both be fit for the trip to York next weekend. Palmer took a bang to the head while Jennings went over on his ankle.

“Ollie said the bang to his head had affected his sight but it probably just knocked a bit of sense into him,” smiled Cox.

“We thought JJ’s injury looked serious. But he went for an X-ray afterwards and it wasn’t a fracture as we had thought. Both players will probably miss a training day or two, but I hope both will be okay for Saturday.”