MUR­RAY’S MINT JOB

Mans­field Town hand cap­tain Adam Mur­ray his man­age­rial chance at 33

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Peck

ADAM MUR­RAY has be­come the youngest man­ager in the Foot­ball League after land­ing the Mans­field job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis – and he is now look­ing to write his name even deeper into the Stags’ folk­lore.

Mur­ray is three months younger than cur­rent Old­ham boss Lee John­son, mak­ing the 33-year-old the youngest man in the tech­ni­cal ar­eas of the top four di­vi­sions of English foot­ball.

In his fourth spell at the Not­ting­hamshire club, the man known as Muzza led the Stags to the Con­fer­ence ti­tle as cap­tain in 2013.

He be­came as­sis­tant-man­ager in 2012 and had been care­taker boss f or the past two weeks fol­low­ing Paul Cox’s de­par­ture.

And after guid­ing the club through a tricky FA Cup tie against Va­narama Con­fer­ence South side Con­cord Rangers, Mur­ray was ap­pointed to the full-time po­si­tion on Fri­day.

The club sit in 18th in League Two with Mur­ray’s first ‘of­fi­cial’ game in charge be­ing yes­ter­day’s FA Cup tie at Cam­bridge. Ap­ply­ing for the job didn’t come as an easy decision, though, for the mid­fielder. He said: “The coach­ing path­way is some­thing I’ve been on for a num­ber of years. It took a lot of think­ing but I felt it was the right time and the right op­por­tu­nity to take that step.

“It’s been a crazy cou­ple of weeks. We’ve changed a lot of things at the club – the team shape, the train­ing, the way we play. Vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing has changed, so it has been a big tran­si­tion for the boys.

“We need to start get­ting some per­for­mances in. The big­gest thing is that the team start tak­ing our phi­los­o­phy out onto the pitch and then the re­sults will come.

Ath­letes

“I know I’m no spring chicken and I look at the game now and it’s full of young ath­letes. My most im­por­tant fo­cus has to be that the team is right.

“Once I feel the team is in the right place in terms of roles I will look at my­self and see what op­por­tu­ni­ties are there for me to get back play­ing.”

Mur­ray has spent the majority of his ca­reer in the Foot­ball League hav­ing start- ed out at Derby County in 1998. He scored in the 2006 Foot­ball League Trophy fi­nal which his Carlisle side lost to Swansea, and it’s this type of ex­pe­ri­ence that Mur­ray will aim to utilise.

He added: “I think I’ve been given the job based on my abil­ity. I’ve had 17 years as a pro­fes­sional player, amassed over 500 ap­pear­ances and man­aged to get five pro­mo­tions.

“Over those years I’ve made a num­ber of friends and a num­ber of con­tacts in the game from the bot­tom of the Pyra­mid all the way up to the top.

“I’ve got peo­ple who have given me great in­for­ma­tion over my ca­reer.

“Hav­ing been in a coach­ing ca­pac­ity for a few years, I do have a dif­fer­ent view on things to a lot of the team. The last two weeks have opened my eyes, though.”

NO.1: Adam Mur­ray

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