We always thought that the manager merry-go-round would kick into full speed early on in the season. But this early? Probably not. Kevin Nolan became the fourth casualty of 2018/19, and we’re not yet out of August!
The Magpies have lost 4 in a row, the latest defeat coming at the hands of sort-of rivals Lincoln City, and have only 1 point to show for the season so far. Admittedly, that’s a poor start by anyone’s standards, but Nolan had guided Notts County to the play-off semi-final last term, where they were beaten by eventual winners Coventry. But chairman Alan Hardy wasn’t happy with results from last season either, as Notts dropped out of the automatic promotion spots, and declared that this was a big part of the reason for sacking Nolan. But questions have to be asked of why he would give the manager a fresh start in a new season?
Despite questionable management from Hardy and the club’s board, Notts County are still a club with big ambitions to get out of League Two, but Harry Kewell is the favourite to take over at Meadow Lane – a manager who hasn’t pulled up any trees so far. Forest legend Steve Chettle is also in the frame, as he currently manages Ilkeston Town – who Alan Hardy also owns. Former Posh manager Darren Ferguson is 3rd-favourite.
So what next for Nolan? Many are saying that this dismissal is harsh, and he should’ve been given more time. His dismissal from Leyton Orient was even more questionable, with the club just off the play-offs. Another League Two, or even a lower-League One club will require his services at some point, no doubt.