Notts County, one of the pre-season favourites for the League Two title, appear to be in crisis following the dismissal of manager Kevin Nolan following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Lincoln.
Clearly, the decision has split the board, with Jon Enever and Darren Fletcher stepping down from their roles. Fletcher has yet to make a statement, merely removing his role as director from social media profiles, but Enever had the following to say:
“After some serious soul searching I’ve decided to step down as a board director of Notts County Football Club,” reports Nottingham Live. “As an individual I need to be true to my own values and be honest enough to know when my ability to influence matters is restricted.”
Nolan was dismissed after failing to win any of the opening five games, losing his final two 4-0 against Yeovil and then again against Lincoln.
He’s likely to be succeeded by current Crawley boss Harry Kewell, the current bookmaker’s favourite. There’s also speculation mounting that Steve Chettle, up until recently the manager of Ilkeston Town, is in the running. He’s a former Nottingham Forest player, but has come from another side owned by Alan Hardy, the Magpies chairman.
Kewell heads up the list of favourites though, despite a tepid start to his first full-time role at Crawley Town. He’s a former Liverpool and Leeds United winger who won both the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool, but also appeared for Galatasaray and Melbourne Victory.
His move to Turkey prompted a huge backlash from Leeds fans, Kewell was a player at Elland Road when two were stabbed to death in Istanbul in 2001, but he still moved there himself. Since retiring in 2014, Kewell managed Watford’s Under-23 side, before getting his first break into senior management with Crawley Town last summer, whom he steered to 14th in the table.
There’s a selection of very unhappy Notts County fans on Twitter, which is wheat we’ll leave you with for now.
Nothing in Kewell’s fledgling coaching career to arouse any enthusiasm from me. Would be a huge gamble.
— Paul Day (@giltbrookpie) August 27, 2018
Kewell evens. So uninspiring.
Has to be Appleton or someone with some proper experience imo pic.twitter.com/U13AvoEYWE
— Forza Notts (@box_2box) August 26, 2018
Never done ote though, not really done well at Crawley
— Luke 🐰 (@Turkey_Twizzler) August 27, 2018
Just don’t get what Kewell has done to even be in the betting. I appreciate Crawley are a small budget club, but was a mid-table finish such an achievement? Bowyer taking basket-case Blackpool up was an achievement. Failing that be ambitious and sell the job to MCCarthy.
— Kevin Guy (@KevinGuy33) August 27, 2018
Ex-Liverpool. Hope this isn’t another ‘ambition’ of AH like signing a player from @LFC
— Mark Holland (@FlandersPie) August 27, 2018
Really worried we're gonna appoint Kewell and there'll be reference to how he's a Champions League winner in the announcement 😔
— Dan (@Nottscountydan) August 27, 2018
Am I missing something in Kewell? What’s the attraction?
— Steve (@Walpie27) August 27, 2018