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Stags’ Academy appoint experienced coaching duo

16 July 2023

Mansfield Town are pleased to announce the appointments of experienced coaches Steve Chettle and Charlie McParland to oversee the Academy’s professional phase development.

Former Nottingham Forest defender Steve Chettle made over 500 career appearances as a player, mostly for the Reds in a 13-year stint at the City Ground.

He began his coaching career at Nottingham Forest’s Academy before leading the academies of both Ilkeston and Nuneaton Town. Chettle, who was also manager of Ilkeston’s first team and twice caretaker manager at Notts County, was most recently the director of football and head of academy at Basford United.

Charlie McParland enjoyed an 18-year spell as a professional footballer and also has a wealth of experience as a coach and manager.

Following a successful spell as joint-caretaker manager in 2006 at Nottingham Forest, Charlie landed the manager’s job at Notts County, where he enjoyed a two-year stint.  In 2009, he joined Ipswich as part of Roy Keane's coaching staff before becoming assistant manager at Swindon and then returning to Forest as under-21s’ coach. More recently, he was a scout for Aston Villa.

Academy manager Richard Cooper said: “To have both Steve and Charlie as part of my coaching staff is a real coup for us. Their experience in developing players is second-to-none.

“Both have settled in really well and the response from our players has been very positive.

“I believe that these appointments will strengthen our Professional Development Phase and I’m looking forward to working with them in the season ahead.”

Steve Chettle said: “This is a club which is making great strides. It’s an excellent setup here at RH Academy and the staff are second-to-none.

“We’ll work predominantly with the under-19s – leading the scholars ahead of the new season - and will also have some integration with the under-16s.”

Charlie McParland added: “It’s a first-class academy here. Richard Cooper puts a lot of work in and all of the staff within the Academy are wholly committed.

“Our role is very much about improving the under-19s’ players who we’ll be working with, making them better on the pitch and off it.”

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