After a dreadful start to the season in which his side have picked up just a single point, Kevin Nolan has been sacked as manager of Notts County.
The 4-0 home reverse against Yeovil left him on the brink, but yesterday’s gutless 3-1 defeat at league leaders Lincoln City was the final straw. Just three months ago the two sides were beaten play-off semi finalists, but Nolan’s side have since crumbled, whereas the Imps have improved significantly.
Chairman Alan Hardy, who has invested heavily to bring the likes of Enzio Boldewijn, Kane Hemmings and Kristian Dennis to the club, released the following statement:
“This is a decision we’ve made with the best interests of Notts County at heart. While the beginning of our 2018-19 campaign has been bitterly disappointing, the board and I believe results and performances throughout 2018 have not been good enough overall. The last eight months have seen us win only eight of our 28 Sky Bet League Two matches, a run which saw us surrender our position in the automatic promotion places before suffering defeat in the play-off semi-finals”
“Our away form has also been a continuing concern, with only two league victories recorded on the road since the turn of the year.”
Gary Bowyer, Michael Appleton and Stuart McCall are amongst the early favourites for the role.
This has been coming all season, Nolan invested in big name players in the summer but hasn’t got them playing. The 4-0 defeat against Yeovil might have been enough on its own, but to lose to local rivals, a team who failed to beat you the season before, was not acceptable.
Nolan has had a terrible 2018, his side have struggled since the turn of the year, oddly starting with a 2-2 draw at Lincoln, but they fell out of the automatic slots before this seasons capitulation.
Much focus will be on who the next incumbent of the role is, looking to take this proud football club back to the level it feels it belongs.