Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray admitted today that the poor showing of some of his players in the 3-1 defeat at Cambridge United had made up his mind to show them the door this summer.
He was clearly disappointed by his side’s lacklustre display on a day when results elsewhere confirmed Stags’ League status for another year and labelled some of his players ‘selfish’.
He also promised Stags fans he would put together a side this summer that would show 100 per cent commitment and wear the shirt with pride, even in defeat.
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Mansfield fell behind after only two minutes to a 35 yard free kick, keeper Sasha Studer to blame, and Studer might also have done better with Sullay Kaikai’s second before the break.
Rakish Bingham pulled one back before Tom Elliott wrapped up a miserable afternoon for Mansfield with a late free header and Murray said: “It just proved all the thoughts that I have had about certain things were right.
Some individuals today should be hurting, not just as footballers, but as people
“I didn’t learn anything new. It just hammered a few coffins home.
“I could have been ruthless with some of them, but it’s not worth the effort.
“I warned them before the game that they could get their trousers pulled down today. I know that group inside-out. I told them what could happen if they were not on their mettle. I told them the first 20 minutes would be massive.
“But it’s the story of our season. This group is not good enough in a lot of areas. Even when they were warned, they went through the motions.
“I’ve got to bite my tongue on certain things. It’s not right to criticise individuals in public and that will be done behind closed doors.
“But I will make changes this summer. I love this club and I promise I will put out a team next year that shows 100 per cent commitment.
“I promise everyone I will fix this. I will give a team to these people that, even when we lose, they will see a willingness to be the best and players being selfless. You can’t achieve anything with selfish people – and that’s not tarnishing everyone with the same brush in that dressing room.
“I have won a lot of promotions and I know you need to be selfless.
“Some individuals today should be hurting, not just as footballers, but as people.”
He continued: “People think the grass is greener somewhere else and expect to walk into a new changing room next season. But some managers wouldn’t have even given them the time and patience I have here.
“Win, lose or draw I want to see balls. I want people that care. I want people that run through brick walls.
“We should line-up like a brick wall and says come and break me down. But we just crumble. My team won’t represent that.”
On Studer’s errors, he said; “He has held his hand up for the first goal, but he’d got no choice in that. It is easy to blame Sash, but we had a throw in their half and it’s ended up us conceding the free kick and the goal.”