Mansfield manager Adam Murray draws first league game with Cheltenham

14 December 2014 09:33
Former midfielder at 33 is the youngest manager in the league at the oldest ground in the world staging professional footballNever mind 15 minutes of fame. Adam Murray, on the eve of his first home match as so-called permanent manager of Mansfield, said: “It will be a proud moment for five seconds but then my mind will be on making sure the lads perform.” For 86 minutes they did and the Stags led from the 55th minute. Then Cheltenham equalised and he said afterwards: “The lads know I’m not happy. It’s down to a lack of focus and leadership.” A win would have taken them above the Robins. As it is, they remain a point and place behind, now 19th in League Two.On the face of it the match, between lowly neighbours on the league ladder, may have looked unremarkable but Murray, at 33, is the youngest manager of the 92 at the oldest ground in the world staging professional football. Field Mill started as a football ground in 1861 and has staged the Stags’ games since 1916. It has a modern name, too, and a shopping complex adjacent but is in touch with Nottingham via the Robin Hood Line. Like Tranmere on Merseyside, Mansfield are the third, forgotten, club of their area. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian