Boss affirms commitment to 'long term project' at One Call Stadium after 'soul-searching' weekend.Manager Adam Murray today pledged his commitment to his long-term goal of bringing eventual success to the club.
The Stags’ boss was speaking at a news conference this morning following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to York City, which he described as the lowest point of his managerial tenure.
The result leaves us in 18th position, with a seven point gap between Tranmere Rovers, who occupy 23rd spot.
Murray said: "I'm learning every day and for a first job I don't think you could get any tougher.
“I love the job and love what I’m doing. I know I can be successful here. It’s tough and challenging but one of the reasons I took the role was to test myself and experience new pastures.
"I'm a passionate guy and I do speak from the heart. It's something I don't want to change because I don't want to take that passion away from myself and the team that I lead.
"After Saturday's game we were all a little emotional and frustrated. With the way I am myself, I shoot a little bit from the hip. I've had an in-depth thinking weekend and we have to look at things in a positive manner.”
Having reviewed Saturday’s match over the weekend, Murray said: “I've gone over it a few times and it has been a long weekend. There's been a lot of soul-searching. My opinion after Saturday remains what is was from [what I said] after the game. It was a bad performance from all aspects, and the lowest point of my 20-odd games in charge.
“I didn't see it coming and I didn't think this group [of players] was capable of such a lacklustre performance.
"But we have to move on and go again. We come in today and re-group. We have seven 'world cup finals now' where we have to stand up and be counted and put more points on the board.
“I'll be asking for a reaction because the football club and fans deserve that. I want us to get back to working hard and expressing ourselves by playing football - when we've done that we've picked up results.
"We've had a good few weeks, taking out the last two results, and have put some good results on the board which have put us in a half-decent position to move forward.”
Speaking about the long-term project at the club, Murray said: "I'm positive about the future. It's a project that I've always said will take time and will need a lot of work.
"I've spoken to a lot of managers over the weekend about the situation of inheriting an organisation half way through [a season] and it's cleared my mind up a bit so I'm clear about where the project is going and I'm looking forward to the upcoming battles.
"The overall picture is positive. I look at the likes of Wycombe last year, who were probably in more of a battle than we are now at this stage last season. You look at them now and that gives me hope.
"I'm confident in what I'm about and what my staff are about and I know we'll be okay. It's through these tough times when you learn about yourself and the environment you’re in.
"There'll be some bumpy times but it's about not losing focus of what we have to do this season and get it over the line.
"I'm more than confident that we can do that. We have come back in today and I'm re-energised, re-focussed and have a real fire in my belly to drag this back where it needs to be. That's what I'll do as a manager and a leader. I've never ran from anything in my life and that won't start now.
"For me, the whole job has been about completing this project and moving this club forward and I will do that.
"I know we'll be successful and I'm looking forward to doing that next year."
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