A new era as the managerial baton is handed on

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AFTER the false start of the Billy McEwan era this really is starting to feel like another exciting new era this week.

Following the misery of the 2007/08 season, the big changes on and off the field generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm as we took the Conference by storm (briefly).

As we all know that quickly turned sour and we were suddenly left facing relegation worries once more.

But now, as we enter 2009, all of a sudden the manager, chief executive, commercial manager and three loan players have gone and in has come a fresh new manager with decent-looking new signings.

It has injected a new feeling of hope and, with three home games in the first four matches and – hopefully – disgrutled fans willing to return to get behind the new boss, this month offers David Holdsworth a great chance to kickstart the season once more.

The six new faces in this week all have their merits – particularly keeper Alan Marriott who has so often been a thorn in our side.

So hopefully those fans who have begun staying away again, disillusioned with the way things were going will come back on Saturday for two reasons.

It would be nice to see a packed Mill pay a proper tribute to Ian Greaves following the legendary Stags manager’s death last week. And  it would be great to see them then get fully behind new boss David Holdsworth on his ‘debut’.

There is the feeling of a baton being passed on in the way this has fallen and the more superstitious among you may even be taking this as a ‘sign’.

It’s been a while since I felt this excited and enthusiastic about a game and, even if the new-look side doesn’t click straight away, a win on Saturday will be a step forward.

The addition of Curtis Woodhouse next week after his suspension will be a further boost, possibly amongside a couple more new faces, and suddenly we are starting to look like we have a proper squad for the first time in ages.

Let’s hope Jack Frost or Altrincham don’t spoil what could be a very special day – see you down the Mill!

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4 Responses to “A new era as the managerial baton is handed on”

  1. greg zielinski Says:

    Can’t say I feel too excited..manager from Ilkeston, signings of old journey men and kids from lower leagues. Is this the stuff to “drive us forward” I ‘ve heard the Black Bull FC have a couple of good strikers. Is this our new level?
    Take note at matches..coverage of local activities and no Prem, Championship half times.
    We have budgeted accordingly for our planned position

  2. dave horton Says:

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  3. dave horton Says:

    Good luck Stags. I thinkThat we will be non league club for a few seasons to come because of the lack of cash . At least we have new management . Lets hope the FA go easy with the points deduction as well .

  4. good luck stags Says:

    Good luck Stags. I thinkThat we will be non league club for a few seasons to come because of the lack of cash . At least we have new management . Lets hope the FA go easy with the points deduction as well .

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