Watch: ‘He was top of our list’ – Mansfield Town unveil new manager David Flitcroft

Video: Mansfield Town unveil David Flitcroft as their new manager

Mansfield Town have unveiled their new manager David Flitcroft who ‘was top of the list’ as the successor to Steve Evans.

The Stags announced on Tuesday (February 27) Evans and assistant manager Paul Raynor had resigned from the club – the duo then signed for League One side Peterborough United a day later.

And Mansfield announced former Swindon manager David Flitcroft as the new Stags manager after leaving the Robins in seventh place in League Two, inside the play-off places on 57 points.

The Stags currently sit in fifth on 60 points.

In his first press conference, Flitcroft said he and assistant manager Ben Futcher will bring a different style of management to the club compared to Evans.

Flitcroft said: “I get very close to the players and I need to understand what their needs are and what their causes are.

“There of course is the one cause of earning the right to get this team out of this league but the team has that galvanising spirit.

“I want to be on the training ground and get working with them now and want to put our imprint over the team.”

David Flitcroft and assistant manager Ben Futcher’s first press conference at Mansfield Town

CEO of Mansfield Town Carolyn Radford said the club wanted a new manager to take charge in time for the game at Stevenage on Saturday (March 3).

She said: “We are the kind of characters that are very quick and very fast moving.

“John and I haven’t slept or stopped in about two-and-a-half days but that’s the nature of the industry we’re in.

“It’s all results based and it’s one game to the next with every point vital – so for us to get something in place for Saturday is great.”

Flitcroft, 44, was born in Bolton and began his playing career at Preston North End as a midfielder.

He had notable spells at Chester City, Rochdale and Bury where he made more than 100 appearances for each club.

Flitcroft started his managerial career in 2012 at Barnsley before moving to Bury a year later.

He led Bury to promotion to League One in the 2015/16 season before being sacked the following season following a run of 11 games without a win.

Flitcroft then joined Swindon Town in June last year before signing for Mansfield Town today (Thursday March 1).