Mansfield Town 2019-20 League Two Preview
Mansfield Town fans will be disappointed with the way their season ended in 2018-19. If it weren’t for three consecutive defeats in the final three match days or a penalty shootout loss in Playoffs Semi-final they could be in League One this season.
But coming back to the real world they are a League Two team minus Tyler Walker and David Flitcroft.
Last season’s 4th position finish was undoubtedly a step up from their 8th placed finish in the 2017-18 season. But, their chairmen had bigger expectations from them and terminated the contract of David Flitcroft.
Fans also don’t seem much bothered by the decision. Along with David Flitcroft, Club lost his backroom staff.
But, the board didn’t look elsewhere to replace him and promoted their Former player and Academy manager John Dempster to the Head Coach position.
The appointment of John Dempster was greeted warmly by the fans but One can so easily question weather promotion is still the target for them this season.
The Club reportedly broke even last year for the first time since John Radford took over the club.
But, there is no doubt in saying The Majority Shareholder and his CEO wife Carolyn Radford backed the new boss John Dempster this summer. They invested in bringing Andy Cook from Walsall.
Another biggest miss for them from last season will be Tyler Walker, Who joined them at the start of last season and contributed 37% of their goals last season.
Tyler Walker scored 22 and set up 4 more From 44 League appearances last season. With a performance like that there is no doubt in saying New Nottingham Forest will consider integrating him in first-team plans.
Even if New Manager deems him surplus, there will be many suitors in the higher leagues for his services.
Mansfield Town Manager
John Dempster is the current manager of Mansfield. He was part of their 2012–13 Mansfield side that won Conference Premier and helped The Stags secure Football League Status.
After three years with the club and 14 years of Professional career, He retired as a player at the end of the 2014-15 season and joined the club as an academy manager.
He was one of the favorites to assume manager role after Steve Evans resigned in 2018. But even after the appointment of board choosing David Flitcroft over him, he continued his work at the academy.
He was officially unveiled as the manager at the start of 2019-20 season, After the club terminated the contract of David Flitcroft, he also brought in Lee Glover as his assistant coach.
Mansfield Town 2019-20 New Signings
Mansfield needs to address the void in the attacking position left by Tyler Walker. They seem to be going for players they need rather than players that are available.
Andy Cook was the top scorer for Walsall FC last season. He netted 18 goals from 50 appearances for League One Club in the 2018-19 campaign for The Saddlers.
The 6 ft 1 Center forward is known for his hold up play and uses his jumping reach and strength to his advantage.
Before joining Walsall, he never played in Football League but scored 104 times in 248 appearances in National League.
The 28-Year-Old is in the prime form of his life and brings his hunger along with him to The Stags locker room.
Aidan Stone is a 20-Year-old young Goalkeeper who has joined The Stags after being released by his boyhood club, Burnley.
He initially joined the reserves team at the back end of last season on trial and played for John Dempster’s academy team in their final game against Port Vale reserves.
With Bobby Olejnik still recovering from an ACL injury, there is no doubt in saying that Aidan Stone will give strong competition for Conrad Logan’s No.1 Jersey.
Nicky Maynard is a 32-Year-Old center forward who is a product of Crewe Alexandra Academy. He was part of the Bury squad which won promotion to League One by finishing second.
He is a Veteran striker with 393 appearances under his belt. He spent most of his career playing in EFL Championship scoring 60 goals from 205 appearances.
He was the star of bury’s campaign last season scoring 20 goals and creating 6 more in 37 League Two appearances last season.
He has a resume that includes a Premier League promotion with West Ham United and Promotion to League One with Bury in the 2018-19 campaign.
Mansfield Town 2019-20 Away journey
Mansfield Town fans have to travel 2757 miles if they want to attend all away matches in 2019-20 campaign, which means they have to make an average trip of 120 miles per game.
The longest trip for which will be the Plymouth Argyle match for which they have to make a 266-mile trip.
Mansfield Town 2019-20 Odds
Mansfield are one of the favorites to get promoted from the league this season.
Mansfield Town 2019-20 Fixtures
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