Guiseley’s FA Cup odyssey may have ended at Mansfield Town, but for Paul Cox, the real journey is only just beginning.

Despite a disappointing and frustrating first return to Field Mill, ex-Stags manager Cox is steadfastly taking the Lions’ 3-0 defeat squarely on the chin, with his overwhelming priority very much being National League business and more especially survival.




After the nice distraction of cup matters, second-from-bottom Guiseley will now immerse themselves totally on the league, with Cox’s troops having a 25-match season to pull away from trouble and confirm their divisional status for 2017-18. And Cox is preparing to roll up his sleeves and is very much looking forward to the fight and triumphing in what he has called the ‘biggest challenge’ of his professional career.

Cox said: “I am looking at the whole thing over the season and our main goal is to keep the club in this league. When I first arrived at the club, I knew that – whatever I had done at previous clubs – that this was going to be my biggest challenge and that if I do achieve the goal of keeping us in the league, it will be my biggest success.

“I have won a few leagues and had a few FA Cup journeys. But overall, it is about what makes us consistently win football matches. We had a learning curve against a very good side and club in a very good place and we have lost a game. It is how we learn from this and embrace what we could have done.”

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