Harry Kewell has become the fourth manager inside 48 hours to lose his job, just ten weeks after taking over at Notts County.
The former Crawley man has barely memorised his route to work before he’s been fired in what must be an expensive mistake by Notts owner Alan Hardy.
Notts county released a statement on their website, saying: “Harry’s passion and commitment as a coach is unquestionable. I enjoyed seeing first-hand his love for the job and it gives me absolutely no pleasure to take that away from him.”
“Unfortunately, however, things quite simply were not working out for him here at Meadow Lane. Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern. We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”
“Harry leaves with our best wishes for the future and our search for a new manager begins immediately. We hope to make an appointment before Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match at home to Cheltenham Town.”
The FA Cup first round has not been kind to managers, with Phil Brown, John Askey and Neal Ardley all being dismissed yesterday. Kewell’s sacking is surely the biggest shock of the lot, he only replaced Kevin Nolan in August after their poor start to the season.
His Magpies lost 4-0 at Barnsley in the cup this weekend, hardly a surprising result, but the ominous final sentence of the statement might lead you to believes win, lose or draw his fate was sealed.
Notts are looking to make another quick appointment and one wonders if Kewell’s successor has already been pictured with a scarf.
What can you say? Football fans deserve better and as one of the best supported clubs in League Two, County fans certainly fall into that bracket. They turn out every week and pay their entrance fee, but the mismanagement is there to see.
Kewell was never the right choice, we even said as much on one of our early posts, but why could the board not see that?