Mansfield Town will be looking to use their Sky Bet League Two 2018-19 play-off failure as motivation to go one step further under new manager John Dempster in 2019-20.
Play-off semi-final heartbreak in 2018-19
The Stags suffered play-off semi-final heartbreak last season as they lost 5-3 on penalties to Newport County, after a 1-1 aggregate draw over the two legs.
David Flitcroft’s side were one of the strongest teams throughout the season, and only missed out on automatic promotion by three points after a 1-0 final-day defeat to MK Dons.
They had an impressive campaign, and lost just two of their opening 24 matches in all competitions, and they will be hoping to go one step further and secure promotion in 2019-20.
New boss John Dempster is yet to take charge of a competitive game of professional football, after becoming Stags manager in May.
Former academy manager Dempster was promoted to the job, after ex-boss David Flitcroft was sacked despite taking the Stags to within touching distance of Sky Bet League One.
And Dempster, who is currently the youngest EFL manager at 36-years-old, is now tasked with ensuring that Mansfield kick on and secure promotion in the upcoming campaign.
Dempster has the bulk of his squad already under contract at Field Mill for the upcoming campaign.
Danny Rose, Mal Benning, Krystian Pearce, Neal Bishop, Craig Davies, Otis Khan, and CJ Hamilton, among others, all have deals which will see them stay with the Stags for at least the 2019-20 season.
Mansfield have released Will Atkinson, Zayn Hakeem, and Henri Wilder, while experienced defender David Mirfin has retired from the game.
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