Cox is set to offload players
PAUL Cox is set to trim down his squad as he looks to move forward with a more compact group of players to lift them up the Blue Square Bet Premier.
In the summer he rebuilt his Mansfield Town squad, boosting the first-team number to more than 30 players, making 11 signings before the campaign started and more since.
But following an indifferent beginning to the campaign after last season's third-placed finish, Cox feels he knows what is necessary to get the Stags back to winning consistently.
Already he has released Soloman Taiwo after he had made just one start on a short-term contract. But more senior players are set to be moved on in the next few weeks and months.
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Cox said: "Soloman came in when we were short on midfielders when the injury list was horrendous.
"But now we have players coming back I want to make decisions on the entirety of the squad and see who will be here to take us forward."
Asked if that meant players moving on, he added: "Obviously. It is not rocket science to work out we have been up and down this season and something needs to be done about it."
Mansfield had hoped to extend goalkeeper Liam Mitchell's loan from Notts County before last night's game but the shot-stopper was instead on the bench for the Magpies at Colchester.
Talks are still ongoing, with the Stags wanting Mitchell made available for the FA Cup, which was vetoed in the previous month's deal.