FORMER Witton manager Paul Ogden will watch potential recruits for Blue Square Bet Premier promotion hopefuls Mansfield Town next season.

The 64-year-old, who left Wincham Park in January, has been asked by new Stags boss Paul Cox to take over as chief scout at Field Mill.

“I have known Paul for some time and recognised his abilities a number of years ago,” Ogden told Mansfield’s official website.

“His biggest strength is his work ethic as well as getting people to work well for him.”

Ogden stepped down as Albion manager at the turn of the year to concentrate on his day job.

The club initially refused to rule out a return for the ex-Leek favourite, who also managed Northwich Victoria during their famous run to the FA Cup fourth round in 1977, only to later appoint Brian Pritchard and Dave MacPherson.

MacPherson later resigned, leaving Pritchard to take sole charge earlier last month.

Ogden, who most recently has been scouting for League Two Crewe Alexandra, added: “I felt a sense of pride when asked to do the job by Mansfield.”

Meanwhile Peter Heler, voted by teammates and supporters’ as player of the year for Witton in 2010, has signed for Evo-Stik Northern Premier League newcomers Stafford Rangers from Newcastle Town.