POLL: Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray dismisses Liam Lawrence rumour, but Chad poll says readers would welcome him back

Liam Lawrence celebrates making the 2003/04 play-off finals with Stags boss Keith Curle.
Liam Lawrence celebrates making the 2003/04 play-off finals with Stags boss Keith Curle.

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray said this morning that there had been no contact between him and Liam Lawrence about a rumoured return for the former Stags hero this January.

But Chad readers overwhelmingly said they would love to see him back in the Amber & Blue in our special poll yesterday.

We asked you, if the rumours were true, do you think a return to Mansfield Town for Liam Lawrence would be good for the club?

A total of 62 per cent said ‘Yes, I’d have him back as soon as possible’, five per cent said ‘He’d be worth having on the coaching staff, but we should have better player options’ while 32 per cent felt ‘ ‘I think he is past his best and the club should look elsewhere.’

Speculation was that the 34-year-old Shrews captain was set to be released this month to return to Mansfield as a player-coach.

Lawrence is out of contract in the summer and made the last of his 10 League starts this season way back on October 31 at Port Vale.

His boss Micky Mellon did little to quell the Mansfield rumours when he told the Shropshire Star: “I haven’t heard that and if that comes up, we’ll speak about it and do the best for everyone, because I’ve got a brilliant relationship with Liam.”

However, this morning, Stags boss Murray smiled: “I’d not heard about it until someone mentioned it to me.

“Obviously I know Loz very well – I’ve played with him. He is a good pal, but I haven’t spoken to him since we played them last year to be honest.

“It’s very interesting where these rumours come from – that’s football.

“If I thought Liam could affect things on the pitch I’d think about it, but when we are on it we have got good midfielders.

“And, at the stage he is at now in his career, Liam is a bit like the midfielders we’ve already got, technical and a ball player, whereas we probably need the energy and the legs of a Jack Thomas.

“Considering he hadn’t played for so long on Saturday Jack gave us a drive and an energy.”