Mansfield Town seek ''fresh leadership'' after parting ways with Graham Coughlan

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 October 2020, 09:19

Mansfield Town are seeking “fresh leadership” in the dugout after the club “parted company amicably” with manager Graham Coughlan following a 12 game winless streak.

The writing had been on the wall for Coughlan who had failed to conjure up a win in any competition since March, with Tuesday’s 4-2 hammering at home to League Two new boys Barrow - who themselves were previously winless - proving to be the final straw for the owners.

Coughlan is the fourth Mansfield manager to vacate his position since 2018, following in the footsteps of Steve Evans, David Flitcroft and John Dempster, while he’s the second League Two casualty of the season, after Graham Alexander was surprisingly sacked by Salford City two weeks ago.

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After watching Mansfield, 22nd, endure their worst start to a season in 106-years, chairman John Radford and co-chairwoman Carolyn Radford released a joint statement at 10.19pm on Tuesday night.

“Unfortunately, despite an overhaul in the playing squad during the close season, and with significant backing, we have not acquired the results needed at this stage of the season.

“We have parted company amicably and thank Graham for his endeavours and wish him every success in the future.

“Fresh leadership is now required to turn around our season.

“The process for a new manager is now underway. We will be guided by our chief executive, David Sharpe, and will take the necessary time to ensure that we appoint the right manager for Mansfield Town Football Club.”

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Coughlan was appointed in December 2019 after Mansfield persuaded him to leave his position at Bristol Rovers, who at the time were flying high 4th in League One. “The opportunity to manage a club like Mansfield Town, with the ambition at this football club, the facilities, and of course to be able to be at home with my wife and kids, was an absolute mammoth attraction,” he said upon his arrival.

Unfortunately for the Irishman, Mansfield never clicked under his watch, winning just four of his 27 league and cup matches, meaning he leaves his post with a win rate of just 14.8%.

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