Diamond hoping for promotion repeat with the Stags

Billy Sharp battles with Zander DiamondBilly Sharp battles with Zander Diamond
Billy Sharp battles with Zander Diamond
Mansfield Town new boy Zander Diamond is hoping he can repeat his League Two promotion success at Northampton Town with his new club.

Diamond, 32, joined the Stags yesterday after a successful season with the Cobblers in League One in which he was named Player of the Year.

“You look at ambitious clubs up and down the country, then you speak to the manager up here and he outlined his ambition in what he wants to do and as soon as I heard that, it ticked all the right boxes for myself,” he said.

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“I tasted success with Northampton in this division and hopefully I can do the same again with Mansfield.

“Why not feel optimistic? The chairman, I read, is backing the manager so why not feel optimistic that this season can be successful?”

Diamond met with manager Steve Evans in midweek and said: “I spoke to him at great length and two or three others about the direction the football club wanted to go and what he wanted.

“Once I went away and I thought about that, I said I’d like to come and work under him. Lucky enough, the deal was done quite quickly from both parties and I’m delighted to be on board.

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“Looking at them (Stags) in the league last season, they were unfortunate not to sneak into the play-offs but your general feel about the place, it’s one of optimism.

“I did speak to Alex (MacDonald) and I spoke to Joel (Byrom) and they outlined the infrastructure within the football club, what the demands are as a player and what the manager’s like. Everything all marries together as one and it was a perfect fit for me to come to this football club.”

Diamond continued: “As a standard defender, you like to win your battles, your own personal battles against the strikers and then affect other players.

“If everybody is ‘at their jobs’, it makes everyone else’s jobs easier because you win football games by everyone doing their jobs at hand.

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“We (Northampton Town) went on an incredible run to get in the position to lift the trophy but if you’ve got a kind of stubbornness and you know your roles within the team, everybody helps each other.

“We never knew when we were beaten and we kept going until the final whistle.”