The Manager Merry-Go-Round 2018/19 – Vol. 5: Kewell

G’day mate, let’s put another gaffer on the barbie. 5 fixtures in and already 5 managers have left their post in the Football League, as Harry Kewell leaves Crawley Town, to take up the Notts County post, vacated by Kevin Nolan’s sacking last week.

Harry Kewell, who took over at Crawley after being sacked by Watford Under-21s – becoming the first Australian to manage an English side – guided The Red Devils to a 14th-place finish in his first full season – the same position in which they’re currently sat so far this season. So on one hand, for a club with an apparent high-level of ambition, it’s not exactly an appointment to excite the Meadow Lane fans, but on the other, Crawley are a tiny club, and a mid-table finish for them has to be seen as success.

But questions still have to be raised as to why the club sacked the manager who guided the Magpies to the Play Off Semi-Finals last season, in favour of a (at present) downgrade, in terms of managerial achievements. So perhaps, as a lot of clubs have been known to do, they have gone for the name over the CV – given the fact that Kewell has a European Cup winner’s medal in his locker, as a player. Time will only tell if the County board have made the right decision.

So who is likely to replace Kewell at the Broadfield Stadium? Jay Saunders of Maidstone is the current favourite, alongside Gary Bowyer – although the Notts County chairman admitted on Twitter that he had spoke to the former Blackpool boss, but he currently wants a break from football. And in a twist to the tail, Kevin Nolan is 3rd favourite for the job.