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Chatfield: "It's the perfect fit for me"

New Bulls manager Matt Chatfield said that it was the "perfect" move to join "a club that's got direction".

Chatfield becomes the Bulls' third manager in the space of four months, as he replaces Mark Ward with John Stancliffe as his assistant and Andy Morris as first team coach.

"Having met with the Chairman and directors, I feel like it's the perfect fit for me and to continue my journey and hopefully bring a lot of success to AFC Mansfield," he told Bulls TV.

Chatfield had a tough start to his first job in management at young Chesterfield side FC Bolsover, who he guided to a 31-point finish in the NCEL Division One this season - the club's highest ever tally at that level - after squad issues saw them go the first half of the season without a single point.

"It's always great to know how to get points, to win games and it's a massive thing in any football club.

"The players have been fantastic; with the bond that they have, I've never been in a dressing room like that, it was fantastic and it's something I want to bring to AFC Mansfield."

Looking onto the recruitment drive in the summer, Chatfield remained certain that the budget won't limit the Bulls' ambitions: "We've got a small budget, but what we'll do with that is make sure there is a team that'll compete in every game.

"They'll be fitter, they'll be stronger, we'll make sure we work for everything - you have that with a bit of quality, and you'll see a very good team out there.

"I want to win every game; I don't go out there to set targets, I go out there to win every game."


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