EDITORIAL: Notts County manager debacle: Hurst or Nolan?

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It seems the never-ending saga at Notts County could be about to take a sensational twist, with former manager Kevin Nolan emerging as a major contender for the role.

Nolan, who was dismissed ten weeks ago after an appalling start to the season, is rumoured to be open to a return. It is widely believed Michael Appleton was high on owner Alan Hardy’s wish list, but he is now thought to have exited the race after visiting the club yesterday.

Another candidate emerging this morning is former Ipswich boss Paul Hurst. He’s looking for a swift return to management after leaving the Tractor Boys earlier this season and is a favourite for the Shrewsbury job.

Having taken them as far as possible last season, he might see the sleeping giant of Notts County as a challenge worth taking, knowing that success could see crowds of 12,000 at Meadow Lane and potential for Championship football.

He’ll be like a lion licking his wounds right now, but he won’t be hanging around to get back on the horse.

It’s a crucial decision needing to be made, one that will ultimately define owner Alan Hardy. He was effusive in his praise for Kewell when he appointed him, claiming he’d like to give him a five-year contract, sacking him ten weeks later.

Appointing Nolan would point to a club in crisis, a manager without a clue and give a poor message to supporters who pay good money to watch their club.

A move for Hurst would be ambitious, forward-thinking and give the long-suffering Pies fans something to cling to.

If the Appleton rumours are to be believed, it might not be as straightforward to get Hurst as it might seem. Is there something fundamentally wrong with the set up at County that is putting managers off, even whilst they’re in charge?

These are anxious days for fans and players alike.


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