Still doesn’t think Cox’s departure will affect Stags

Hatters boss John Still wasn’t sure how much Mansfield’s players will be affected by the recent departure of manager Paul Cox.
John StillJohn Still
John Still

The Stags chief left the club by mutual consent just over a week ago, with former Hatter Adam Murray taking temporary charge.

They have gone two games unbeaten since though, beating Plymouth and then Concord Rangers in the FA Cup as on the impact of Cox leaving, Still said: “It depends on the players. If I left here tomorrow, this lot could manage themselves, everyone knows their job, everyone knows what they’re doing, what we do in training and the level of importance we place on things.

“If I wasn’t here, and Terry (Harris) wasn’t here and Hak (Hakan Hayrettin) wasn’t here, and if I told the players we’re not here for a week, no problems at all.

“They might miss a presence around them, short term and I don’t know Paul Cox, so I can’t speak for him.

“But if he was a strong personality in the dressing room and around players, I would think that those people would be professional enough to go and do the job.

“I would also think there are people watching the games, I’m sure there are, who would have links with that job, so they would all be on their toes.

“But you can only play to your maximum, you can’t play above that.

“It’s a bit like last week with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink going in (at Burton Albion). Does it give them a lift? Yes of course it gives them a lift.

“But there’s only 11 of them and they can only play to the maximum and all we have to do is worry about what we do.”

Unusually for Luton, they go into the game on the back of a defeat as they saw their 11 game unbeaten run ended by the Brewers last weekend.

After viewing the match again, Still didn’t feel there was too much cause for concern though.

He added: “It’s important whether you win or lose to analyse the game, analyse the performance, which is what we do.

“We’ve had games this year that we’ve won that, but when we’ve looked at them we’ve thought, could we have moved the ball a bit quicker?

“When we analysed the game last Saturday, we didn’t have too much to analyse as I thought that we were in control of lots of the game, I really did.

“Sometimes whoever you are, you’ll play well and not win, sometimes you don’t play well and win, so I think it’s important that when you analyse something, you don’t just analyse the result, otherwise you become blinkered.

“We don’t concede from restarts and we conceded from a restart, which I think is the first time this year, so that’s disappointing.

“We actually have found out why we conceded from a restart which is good as sometimes it can be a bit fuzzy.

“But we’ve found the reason they scored and we feel we can rectify that, so that’s a positive.

“We probably didn’t get as many efforts on goal as the amount of possession we had would warrant.

“But I’ve not looked too deep at it as I think if we played that well again, chances are we’d win.

“It was disappointing to lose but disappointment makes the weak weaker and the strong stronger, and we’re strong.”