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Mansfield Town manager orders total ban on mobile phones

Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray

The Mansfield Town manager, Adam Murray, has banned his players from using phones when they are on duty at the League Two club.

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Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham mobile phones were a menace in all walks of life. “It’s a society thing,” he said. “I don’t like the amount of time people spend on their phones around the club.”

Murray has already gained media interest after he issued an edict to ensure his players learned how to wash their hands to cut down on illness.

He is convinced improving communication off the pitch will help the players on it. “They don’t talk and then they expect to go into an environment where you have to talk and it will just happen,” he said. “I think all of us, we’re all guilty. We get lost in this technology world now and we forget the actual core values of human beings.

“We had a ban on phones in certain times anyway – players weren’t allowed to be on their phones because they have to talk to each other. Instead of it just being in certain times, now we’ve put a complete stop on it.”

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