Notts County approach second club in manager hunt whilst the favourite misses training with Crawley

Notts County, earlier confirmed to have approached Harry Kewell over their vacant manager post, have  also contacted AFC Wimbledon to speak to manager Neal Ardley.

The AFC Wimbledon boss is currently preparing his side for a Carabao Cup clash with West Ham, so the timing and nature of this approach is sure to be very unwelcome. The Magpies have already contacted Crawley asking to speak to former Watford U23 boss Harry Kewell, but it is understood that Ardley is also on their radar.

Ardley has been with the Wombles for six years, leading them into League One and keeping them there against all odds, They’ve started this season strongly, despite being tipped for relegation and are currently enjoying their first season at a higher level than their nemesis, MK Dons.

Chairman Alan Hardy confirmed they’d spoken to three clubs about their managers, but the identity of the third club is not currently in the public domain.

Kewell is still the favourite for the role, after it was reported he missed Crawley training today for unspecified reasons.

Our View

Messy. Unprofessional. Awkward.

How will Kewell feel knowing Ardley has been approached too? Is he going to think he is second choice? It would be hard not to, Ardley has done a great job with his side, whereas Kewell has limited experience and little success as a League Two manager.

There must be better ways to conduct business than this, surely?

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