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Ryan Tafazolli: Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray is best in The Football League

31 March 2016

Mansfield Town's Ryan Tafazolli believes Adam Murray is the best manager in The Football League, with the defender admitting the boss has transformed him from a boy to a man.

The towering Tafazolli has made 40 appearances in all competitions in the Stags backline this term, playing a key role in Murray's men sitting 13th in Sky Bet League 2 after 39 matches.

And the former Southampton youngster, in his fourth season with the Stags, hailed Murray's influence since the 34-year-old took over in December 2014.

“Playing under the gaffer; he has turned me from a boy to a man, he really has,” Tafazolli told

“He has brought me on massively and I can’t speak highly enough of him. For me, he is hands down the best manager outside of the Premier League.

“I want to improve as much as I can as a footballer and I know that if I'm playing under Adam Murray I will become twice the footballer I am this time next year.

“There are no managers out there who would improve me as much as him. To work underneath the gaffer here again [next season] would be unbelievable.

“He’s taught me how to become a leader, set examples, influence others and get the best out of my teammates. That’s probably what I’ve improved on the most. I'm a different animal now and I have to put that down to the gaffer.”

Tafazolli was substituted in the first half of Mansfield's latest outing, against Northampton, after suffering a dead leg, and the Stags went on to draw 2-2 with the Sky Bet League 2 leaders.

The defender has had a scan, and is waiting for the results to determine whether he will be in line to face Hartlepool United on Saturday.

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