Stags boss Murray keeping assistant’s name under wraps for now

Karl Hawley working on the Mansfield Town bench  - Picture Chris Holloway
Karl Hawley working on the Mansfield Town bench - Picture Chris Holloway
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Adam Murray has decided on who will be his assistant manager – but isn’t revealing a name as yet.

Murray had youth coach Scott Rickards and striker coach Karl Hawley on the bench with him towards the end of the season as well as speaking to some more experienced names.

“I have decided what I am going to do and I will let you know when I want to,” he smiled.

“I am happy with my choice and I will let you know soon.”

He added: “We enjoyed last season with Scott and Karl – it brought a lot of new ideas into the group.

“The big thing for me was that the players reacted really positively to both of them. There was a lot of respect there which was good for me to see first-hand.

“The big test was match days and the way they reacted, and both of them were superb.

“At the back end of the season we went on a decent run with both of them in the mix. They both brought different things.

“Scott is a very good coach as he’s shown with the kids this season.

“Karl gives you that bit of a fresh mindset, having only just finished playing. For me, if he wanted to, he could still play at this level which is interesting.

“You look at people like Jamie Cureton who is banging goals in left, right and centre and I think Karl got 30-odd goals again last season and his impact on the forward players and the forward thinking of the team at the end of the season was very interesting to see at work.

“We are chuffed with both of them and it’s been a pleasure having both of them in the building.”

So, if he stayed on as striker coach or assistant manager, would Hawley also sign on as a player?

“You never know in this game,” said Murray.