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Chairman positive ahead of new season

20 July 2016

Read chairman John Radford's notes which he penned prior to our pre-season double header against Bolton Wanderers and Hull City.

Welcome to both Bolton Wanderers and Hull City for our two pre-season friendlies at One Call Stadium.

We have connections with both clubs. Carolyn, my wife and our CEO, grew up in Chorley in Lancashire and her grandfather was an ardent Bolton supporter. 

As for Hull City, we have closely monitored the progress of our former winger Sam Clucas after he left us in 2014. Since then, Sam has made immeasurable progress and it's good to see a player of his quality now set to play in the top flight of English football. 

On behalf of Mansfield Town, I congratulate Hull City on their promotion to the Premier League and I hope your stay in the top tier is extensive. It may be worth noting that English champions Leicester City began their season with a friendly match against us in 2015. On that basis, it may be worth a small wager on Hull to achieve great things this season!

Bolton, in my opinion, have all the hallmarks of a club which can sustain Premier League football again in the near future and I wish them well in their pursuits to bounce back to the Championship this season. 

To all of our fans, I trust you and your families have enjoyed the close season and are fully ready to support us in 2016-17. 

There is a good sense of anticipation around the club and the Town right now, largely as a result of the new signings which Adam has made. I continue to work very closely with Adam and know he will benefit from his first full season in charge last term in which we finished 12th in Sky Bet League Two. 

Having viewed our squad in great detail, we have the capability to be competing in the top seven of the league this season. Our strike force is diverse in its talents, our midfield strong, and our defence solid.

Also, I'm expecting Matt Green to better his tally of 16 goals from last season, now that the quality in and around him has increased. Matt, too, will surely feel the gains of a full season in professional football after being on the sidelines for almost two years with injury at Birmingham City.

We have nothing to fear. 

Come on you Stags!

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