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Boss looks ahead to busy week

26 February 2018

Despite the unforeseen postponement of tonight’s An Evening with Steve Evans and Paul Raynor, the gaffer is still looking ahead to a busy week as he prepares his side for the final 12 games of the season.

The club took the decision to postpone tonight’s event with temperatures in the area set to plunge to below freezing, with the safety of supporters of paramount importance.

An Evening with Steve and Paul has therefore been rescheduled for Thursday 08 March, beginning at 7.30pm, and the gaffer has no qualms about rescheduling the event.

“I’ve taken the advice of the people internally. We’ve got staff members who would be getting home at 11 or 12 o’clock at night,” the Stags’ chief said.

“What is equally, if not more important, is that we’re asking people to come out in really dreadful weather conditions.

“That’s not right for anyone. The safety of people is paramount.

“Every week is busy anyway. I was planning for tonight and tomorrow I’m going to Wycombe. So every night is busy when it comes to football, and so it should be if it’s your profession.

“Every week going forward will be big for us. It's about our results; we're the only ones that can influence [our position in] the table.”

The weather is also likely to prevent Stags’ reserves from facing Bradford City at Rainworth Miners Welfare tomorrow, but the boss has informed supporters that if the game does go ahead, a young side will face the Bantams.

"I was planning for tonight and tomorrow I’m going to Wycombe, so every night is busy when it comes to football, and so it should be if it’s your profession."

Steve Evans, manager

“It’s close to being as much as it can be off. Let me remind our supporters, none of the first team players will be involved if it is on. We’ve got other plans for them.

“We’re working hard on our own schedule. I like to be open and up front with our supporters. None of those boys will be involved if it does manage to magically beat the weather, which we don’t think it will, then it’ll be a very young Stags’ side."

It was reported in the national media over the weekend that striker Danny Rose is being targeted by Cardiff City and Millwall of the Championship and the boss has subsequently dismissed the interest in the 17-goal top scorer.

“There was Championship-club interest in Danny Rose in January and we didn’t sell him.

“We turned down good offers very clearly from the top of League One and the bottom end of the Championship, as it was then.

“If you’re in the Championship, there’s going to be interest in [Danny] Rose because he’s a top boy.

“It’s only ever good if people want your players.”

The former Leeds United manager revealed the squad were in high spirits during training this morning following Saturday’s draw with Coventry City, whilst commenting that defender David Mirfin is nearing a return to training.

“We’re looking excellent. David [Mirfin] should be back on the grass next week.

“Everyone else is in good shape and the boys were great this morning – training was so good.

“It has been brilliant today and we had a good meeting this morning which was very positive.

“They’ve trained well and we’ve got them off nice and early this morning given the weather that’s coming in.”

Supporters will be able to login to iFollow Stags to view the manager's full news conference later today.


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