Notts County in crisis: Kewell linked with manager’s role

By Kevin Airs -, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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.





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