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Boss will improve squad in January

18 December 2014

New manager says he will look to bring in fresh faces when transfer window re-opens.

Boss Adam Murray says he is looking for certain ingredients to be added to our squad and will delve into the transfer market in the New Year, once the transfer window opens.

The Stags’ boss, who was speaking at this morning’s press conference, also said that our loan players will have the opportunity to prove their worth over the festive period and potentially earn the chance to extend their deals with us.

“We’ve got two weeks now to nail down what we need and what we’ll be moving out the other way,” said Murray.

“It’s going to be a big time for our season. I do think if we get the right ingredients and add it to what these boys are already doing, given the type of player that will come in then it’ll be a big help to us in January.”

He continued: “We’ve got good numbers at the minute and it’s looking at the bodies that are going to suit how we’re going about things.

“Over the last couple of weeks and for the foreseeable few weeks up until January, we will be looking at different things and looking at different people and possibly different formations.

“To go forward I need to have a clear focus in my mind of what we need, what we can actually do and how it is going to fit into certain ways of playing.

“So there is a lot to uncover over the next couple of weeks and there’s some missing ingredients at the moment, which we’ve got to try and find.”

Looking ahead to January – and the opening of the transfer window – in more detail, our boss said: “There’s the scenario at the minute where we’ll be losing all our loans. Players are going out, so players will have to come in, otherwise we’ll be left with just 16 players.

“That will work in its own way and it’s up to me and the lads in the dressing room to make my decision on who we need to keep out of the loan players.”

He continued: “There will be movement. I know these lads inside out and they’ve given me everything, so I don’t think there needs to be a clean sweep, but it needs freshening up.

“When you’ve been in a routine for so long, minds get stale, physicality gets stale and you have to freshen things up.”

Our team make the long trip to South-West London to take on AFC Wimbledon on Saturday and our boss insists we will go to the Cherry Red Records Stadium to attack in order to try and get maximum points.

“It’ll be another tough game,” said Murray. “We’re talking about being ruthless and scoring goals and you look at their strike-force and it’s one that’s been around and scored goals for a long time.

“We’re going to have to be on our guard defensively, but we’re still going to go there and look to create chances and we’re going to play on the front foot.

“I’m not one for sitting back and hoping we put a cross in and score. We’ve got to keep creating chances and the goals will come.”

Giving his final reflections on Tuesday’s narrow home defeat to Cambridge United in the FA Cup, Murray added: “There’s still a lot of frustration

“I’ve watched the game back a couple of times and I don’t know how we haven’t scored, but it’s something that I’ll have to take the positives from.

“Like I said to the boys this morning, we’re putting a lot of forward movements in and positive steps and they’ve got to keep believing in what we’re doing, because we’re so close to clicking now.

“You look at the last three games and in the two previous to Tuesday[‘s game], we were a few minutes away from winning.

“On Tuesday, we should have won. It was a scrappy goal and not taking our opportunities [that cost us] but were close to starting to become a winning team and it’s important that we don’t lose sight of that.”

Adam Murray’s full interview will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe, click here.

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