Adam Murray: Mansfield player-boss impresses Matty Blair

Adam Murray
Player-manager Murray has not appeared for the first team since November

Mansfield Town player-boss Adam Murray has been able to mix his managerial duties and remain like "one of the lads", according to recent signing Matty Blair.

Murray was appointed in December and Blair has been impressed by how the 33-year-old has handled his dual role.

"The way he treats us makes everybody want to knuckle down and work hard for him," Blair told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"He's trying to keep the spirit high. He's one of the lads really."

The Stags have slipped two places to 20th in League Two since Murray stepped up from his caretaker manager role, having won just one of their nine matches in all competitions while he has been in full-time charge.

But Blair believes that the Football League's youngest manager will turn around their fortunes.

Back-seat boss
Adam Murray has not played since taking over as player-boss in early December and not even named himself on the bench.

"What I've seen over the last couple of weeks, the lads, the gaffer and the staff fill us with confidence," said the 25-year-old former Fleetwood Town winger.

"There's not one player in there that's down and feeling like we're in a relegation battle."

The Stags sit just one point above the relegation zone prior to Saturday's match at fellow strugglers Carlisle United.

However Blair, one of seven January signings made by Murray, is confident his new club will stay up.

"It's all going to click together at some point. We're going to get the points we need but it's one step at a time," added Blair.

Adam Murray celebrates
Murray masterminded the 1-0 win over non-league side Concord Rangers in the FA Cup first round