My Mansfield Town team were the best claims former boss Stuart Watkiss

2002 Stags v Scunthorpe Richardson and Watkiss
2002 Stags v Scunthorpe Richardson and Watkiss

Stuart Watkiss believes his promotion-winning Mansfield Town side of 2001/02 is better than the current side and any that have gone before since his moment of glory.

The ex-Stags boss saw the side in action last season and was impressed.

“I went to watch Mansfield play up at Grimsby at New Year, having heard all the Stags fans saying how good the team was,” he said.

“I thought I would go and have a look and compare them with my lot.

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“I was impressed with them. They had pace in the team and certainly broke really quickly, but with due respect I would still take my lot over them though maybe I am biased.

“I would be very surprised if the club have produced a better footballing team since mine. If any team is better than mine I will hold my hands up.”

He added: “It was a super time for me. I loved the players we had and I loved the way we tried to play.

“I think my side was very, very close to going to the next level and if we hadn’t had the injuries and had we been able to bring in a couple of strong League One centre halves, I think we could have been quite strong at that level. It just wasn’t to be.”