Will Penny Drop For Ambitious Mansfield?
Dave Penny guided Doncaster Rovers back into the Football League in 2003 and then League One in back to back promotions. His appearance at the Mansfield V Lincoln game (along with Gary Simpson) could suggest big spending John Radford, could be growing impatient with Paul Cox’s return on his investment.
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As we pointed out in the Tuesday match report, the appearance of the two suggested something may be afoot with both sides current managers hardly pulling up roses. Mansfield however are stumping up a budget well into 7 figures with an aim to be back in the League and then looking to go even further. Radford is a man with a plan and the cash and Ambition to do it. He has already brought the ground back and can hardly be happy with the way Cox has brought in so many talented players, with plenty on four figures a week. The side has yet to gel, with the defence giving them an uphill climb far too many times for comfort this season.
Penny is a great tactician and talent spotter, as victories against Manchester City and Aston Villa proved. The Carling Cup quarter-final against Arsenal saw them eliminated only after a penalty shoot-out. He then left Donny after five years having felt he had taken the club as far as he could, but the style and blend of football set the tone for O’Driscoll who would reach the Championship in 2007/08, defeating Leeds 1-0 in the play-off final. Penny meanwhile built a great side at Darlington, losing in the League 2 play-offs in 2008, before a 10-points deduction for admin robbed them of any promotion ambition in 2009. He left Oldham after a season due to falling attendances and then got just a two month spell Bristol Rovers.
Doncaster Rovers Conference Play-Off Final winner: 2002–03
Doncaster Rovers Division Three Title winner: 2003–04
|Doncaster Rovers||22 April 2000||31 May 2000||6||4||1||1||66.7|
|Doncaster Rovers||27 December 2001||30 August 2006||241||114||62||65||47.3|
|Darlington||30 October 2006||30 April 2009||139||60||35||44||43.2|
|Oldham Athletic||30 April 2009||6 May 2010||48||13||13||22||27.1|
|Bristol Rovers||10 January 2011||7 March 2011||13||2||2||9||15.38|