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Cox to discuss players’ futures after Saturday

30 April 2014

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox has confirmed that he will discuss our out-of-contract players’ individual futures with the club, after our final match of the campaign at Bristol Rovers.

Our manager, who is determined to see us end the season on a high, says that tough decisions will be made, but there are no ‘cemented’ decisions as yet.

“I think the process has been [ongoing] throughout the season of looking at who can take the club forward,” said Cox. 

“We’ve still got a game to go and I’m not going to close the door on anybody, but tough decisions have got to be made. That’s what I’m paid to do and I’m not going to shy away from it.

“Those decisions are just around the corner. They’re not cemented yet, but a lot of them [decisions] are very close [to being made] now.”

He continued: “It’s the same old scenario that [players must be told about their future] seven days after the last league game of the season, but they’ll know before that.

“We’ll build in to Saturday, and I don’t want anything to take away from the players’ focus of trying to win a football match.

“But either during the weekend or early next week, we’ll get them sat down and get documentation sent out to confirm whereabouts they’ll be playing next season.”

Meanwhile, our boss insists our team will be doing everything they possibly can to register a win at Bristol Rovers on Saturday and finish the campaign on a high.

A bumper crowd is expected for the clash at the Memorial Stadium, as Darrell Clarke’s team look to pick up the point they need to retain their Football League status.

“I’ll pick a team that has a desire to finish the season well, both individually and collectively,” added Cox. “The [last] two performances won’t be tolerated at this football club and I’m looking for a massive response this Saturday.

“The close-season is a long time when you’ve lost your last game, never mind your last three, so it’s really important that we finish the season well.

“I’ve spoken to a number of supporters and they’ll be travelling in their numbers. It should be a good atmosphere and we owe it to them and the rest of the league to put in a really good performance.”

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