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I’VE never been a man­ager who’s shied away tough de­ci­sions. Re­leas­ing 11 play­ers from Mans­field this week – in­clud­ing our top-scorer Matt Green – was cer­tainly one of those.

Matt will al­ways be wel­come in my of­fice for a cof­fee or a chat. I had a great re­la­tion­ship with him and he per­formed ter­rif­i­cally for me.

But talk­ing to my staff, there was a sense that maybe he’s just a lit­tle bit stale. That can hap­pen to all play­ers, at all clubs. And when I sat down with Matt, we both agreed that was prob­a­bly the case.

As with all the play­ers we re­leased, there were other con­sid­er­a­tions too. There’s earn­ings and the per­cent­age of those earn­ings in the bud­get.

I also know what type of play­ers I need to make the team bet­ter. It’s not nec­es­sar­ily about in­di­vid­ual qual­ity – it’s about im­prov­ing the team.

In Matt’s case, I wanted a dif­fer­ent style of striker. But that doesn’t mean he won’t do a great job else­where and I wish him all the best.

Above all – and this is some­thing Tony Ste­wart of­ten said at Rother­ham – it’s about mak­ing ev­ery penny count.

We’ve al­ready signed two play­ers, Con­rad Lo­gan from Rochdale and Zan­der Di­a­mond from Northamp­ton. They’ve come from a higher level but they’ve not cost us any more than some of the top lads we’ve moved on. That’s what I mean about get­ting value for money.

WEL­COME: Matt Green

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