Adam Murray: Mansfield Town manager open to playing return

Adam Murray
Adam Murray was Mansfield Town captain and assistant manager when Paul Cox left the club as manager in November

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says he is still considering combining management duties with a playing role.

The 33-year-old midfielder, who won two of his three games in caretaker charge of the Stags, is yet to oversee a victory since succeeding Paul Cox as full-time boss at Field Mill.

Murray has not played since Cox's last match at the helm on 18 November.

"From day one I have never ruled it out - I won't close the door on it," Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham.

The Stags are 19th in the table, five points above the relegation places, having won just one of their last 11 League Two matches.

The solitary victory - a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle - came less than 24 hours after Murray was elevated to caretaker boss following Cox's departure.

Profile: Adam Murray
Born: 30 September 1981 in BirminghamPremier League debut: For Derby County v West Ham in April 1999
Clubs played for: Derby, Mansfield, Kidderminster, Notts County, Burton, Carlisle, Torquay, Macclesfield, Oxford, LutonLoan star: Murray has had three spells with Mansfield, two with Notts County and two with Kidderminster
Career appearances: 500Career goals: 41

Murray, who became the youngest boss in English football's top five leagues, admitted he is still coming to terms with working from the dugout.

"I'm finding parts of it frustrating, because it is a learning curve for me from the sidelines," he said.

"It's hard to affect things when you can't physically pull people around and organise them into positions they should be in."

As a player Murray has made more than 180 appearances for the club and had expressed a reluctance to go into management if it meant hanging up the boots.

"It's about a balance of me being right mentally and not letting the team down if i was on the pitch. I will see how the next couple of weeks go. These boys have two weeks now to prove to me that they can take this football club forward," he said.

"January is coming up and that going to be important for us."

Murray also said that he is still considering trying to add ex-Mansfield manager Billy Dearden to his backroom staff as a chief scout.

"We haven't got any recruitment or any head or chief scout at the minute. Billy is someone who has done that for a few years now and worked for some top clubs," he added.

"I have had conversations with him and they will continue."