Mansfield Town announced that striker Andy Cook and midfielder Otis Khan had both left the club on loan yesterday.
Khan found himself going out to Newport County, whilst Andy Cook made the step back into League One, joining his former side Tranmere. Cook scored 14 times for Walsall last season at that level and will be hoping to spearhead Tranmere’s race for survival, with them currently adrift in the final relegation place.
Mansfield manager Graham Coughlan admitted the striker wanted to leave once he heard of the possibility of a step up.
“Cooky has found himself on the bench in the last few weeks and has had a stop-start season for Mansfield. He has wanted to pursue other avenues and when a League One club comes in for you it is a tough ask to keep someone.”
Mansfield only missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of last season and were then beaten in the play-off semi-final by Newport County, who themselves were beaten by Tranmere in the final. This season has not been a success, with manager John Dempster paying the ultimate price as they floundered in midtable.
Former Bristol Rovers boss Coughlan is now hoping to elevate the ambitious Stags into the top seven, but these fans are not happy he’s aiming to do so without Andy Cook.
Whether he wants to stay or not without a replacement coming in looking like real bad business for the club. Please announce a couple of good signings ?
— Simon Kowalenko (@sikowalenko) January 31, 2020
— Rhys ??? (@symettraturret) January 31, 2020
7 goals in 18 games. Sometimes I really hate this football club.
— Jack Richardson (@92_jackrich) January 31, 2020
Delete club now
— Luke Sperry (@LukeSperry10) January 31, 2020
I'm really not sure about this manager fellas.
— Thomas (@Thomas44523760) January 31, 2020
Shock that both Mellis and Cook go up a league. What a joke club we are ??
— Matt Welham (@MattWelhammm) January 31, 2020
Absolute joke, do we want to be a football league club next season????
— Matthew Ellis (@MJE_1982) January 31, 2020