AFC Mansfield

Saturday, October 04, 2014


AFC Mansfield welcomed the new management team to the club and wish them all success for the future.

Dean Mitchell (left) and Dean Short (right)
New Management and AFC Mansfield Directors
For those that do not know them here is a brief history of both manager and his assistant.

Dean Short started playing at Abacus FC in The Notts Alliance League, after being watched by Forest and Doncaster he moved to Goole Town of the Unibond Premier League.

He then signed for Ashfield United formerly Sutton Town in The Northern Counties East Premier Division followed by a move to Unibond Premier Division Alfreton Town.

Dean then returned and spent 9 good years at Sutton Town before spells Clipstone MW, Shirebrook Town and Teversal.

He eventually moved into management at Sutton Town AFC, taking them from bottom of The Central Midlands League South Division to winning the league after a season in charge and also reaching The Notts Senior Cup Final and last 32 of The FA Vase.

The following season 2013/14 they finished in the top 5 in the East Midlands Counties League and also reached the League Cup Final.  The club unfortunately folded at the end of the season.
Manager and Chairman

Dean then moved to Rainworth MW as Assistant Manager to Scott Rickards but within weeks Scott resigned and Dean took on a Caretaker Manager role until a permanent replacement could be found.

Dean accepted the role as Manager at AFC Mansfield and with Assistant Dean Mitchell began work at the beginning of October 2014.

Dean Mitchell

Dean began his playing career at Nottingham Forest and was there from 1990 until 1998.  He then moved to Mansfield Town and was there until 2001.

A move into Non-League football followed with spells at Ilkeston Town, Retford United and Sutton Town.

Dean then took up coaching and ran Barnsley FC Development Centres for 3 years. 

He has also coached at Notts County, Leicester City and Stoke City.