MacDonald arrival highlights Mansfield ambition


Evans has brought belief back to the Mill

This is the most exciting time to be a Mansfield Town fan in many years.

Back in November, the team was 18th in the table with one league win to their name after August. Under Adam Murray – and to a greater extent Paul Cox before him – they had been playing long ball football, seemingly with the aim of avoiding defeat.

The high-profile appointment of Steve Evans however, has rejuvenated the club on and off the field. The team has won half of the new boss’ 12 games in charge, climbing to 10th. The football is still direct, but there is more emphasis on attack. The team now plays at a higher tempo and commits more men forward.

The belief they now play with has transmitted to the fans, a group singing throughout Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leyton Orient. This new sense of ambition and purpose about the club is partly down to the work of owners John and Carolyn Radford, who gave Evans the budgetary pledges he needed to join.

Already, they have loaned in the impressive Benjamin Whiteman, a midfielder Sheffield United fans harbour high hopes for. Other loanees include right-back Hayden White and striker Shaquile Coulthirst, who have already caught the eye since joining from Peterborough two weeks ago.

The latest addition is Alex MacDonald. The winger has been part of League Two promotion-winning teams at Burton and Oxford, fans of both clubs admiring his work rate and creativity. Indeed, many of the Stags’ more recent signings have either won promotion from this division, or held their own in the one above.

MacDonald’s arrival only adds to the feeling that the club is on an upward trajectory.