When Paul Cox was appointed stags boss, he admitted he would have liked to have brought his assistant manager from Eastwood Town, Richard Cooper, with him – however after Cooper turned the job down, apparently feeling more financially stable in his day job, the search for Paul Cox’s assistant began.
After holding auditions up & down the UK which included a media row over the accents of the judging panel, the search came to an end after Micky Moore was named as Paul Cox’s number 2 earlier today.
Moore’s name didn’t seem to appear in the rumour mill, so the appointment comes as a surprise – the task now is to discover if it’s a pleasant one or not.
Having looked over Micky’s career history, I’m edging towards the ‘pleasant surprise’ route; I believe the appointment is a good one for all involved – we’ve hired a man with decent managerial experience both as number 1 & 2.
Moore holds a UEFA A licence and has played for Derby County, Swansea City, Redditch United & Telford before heading into coaching & management in the lower levels of the beautiful game. Moore has had spells at Redditch United, Nuneaton Borough & Solihull Moors – taking over as manager of the latter following an illness to then manager of Solihull Bob Faulkner in December 2010.
Moore was set to be manager of BSBN Solihull this season and look forward to building on a club record high finish of 7th which included an 18 game unbeaten run during the last campaign. However after mulling over an offer from Paul Cox to become Mansfield’s number 2, Micky quits as Solihull manager to take the number 2 post at Field Mill.
Many would question why you’d quit as being in charge to becoming second in command, the answer will probably be the wage & stability the job brings – it’s irrelevant anyway because what Mansfield have now, is perhaps two of the most successful managers from the BSBN last season (Nicky Law & Andy Sinton – managers of the two promoted sides). If the pair can connect their styles of coaching & management, Mansfield will be in very good hands – something I’m sure you’ll see come to light on the pitch when the season gets underway.
Although it’s an appointment from a lower division, I fail to see any negatives in the appointment made by Paul Cox today. Surely it is better to have two non-league knowledgeable heads at the helm that have similar styles, than to have a non-league knowledgeable manager with a league assistant who knows nothing of this awful division in charge? After recent seasons of clear conflicting styles (I’m referring more to McEwan/ Richardson, Holdsworth/ Holmes, Holdsworth/ Russell than too Russell/ Hall) we need unity at the top – I sense that with Cox & Moore & it can only send a positive vibe into the dressing room, which in turn transfers onto the pitch & should bring home the points.
So it’s a warm welcome to Field Mill for Micky Moore from me, I look forward to seeing what the new management duo can produce as the next chapter of Mansfield Town’s history gets underway.