Notts County move for Kewell reaches crucial stage

The potential switch from Crawley to Notts County for manager Harry Kewell is at a delicate stage, with the Red Devils compensation demands likely to put paid to a deal.

Kewell is one of three managers wanted by the Magpies, one of the others being Neal Ardley of Wimbledon. The third approach has been rebuked, thought to be for Newport County manager Michael Flynn.

Kewell is thought to be keen on replacing Nolan at Meadow Lane, making a step up as he sees it to a huge club with a proud history. He is also thought to be set on bringing his assistant Warren Feeney to Nottingham, but Crawley are not going to lie down and be robbed blind.

According to some reports, Crawley want £400,000 for Kewell and may want more on top of that for Feeney. Crawley are 14th in the League Two table at present, but despite the indifferent start the owners see Kewell as the man to take them forward.

If the deal falls through, Notts will turn their attention to Wimbledon boss Ardley, who is also likely to come with a huge compensation package attached to him.

Our View

We can’t see the attraction with Kewell, he’s taken Crawley to mid table but hasn’t done anything ground breaking. John McGreal has done more with Colchester and Mickey Mellon at Tranmere. There seems to be a fixation with the name, his playing career is certainly helping him out in his latest endeavours.

Still, Notts are focused but with a couple of directors standing down, there isn’t complete harmony at Meadow Lane right now and Kewell would have a big job on his hands, should he end up as manager.

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