League Two side Notts County have sacked manager Harry Kewell, just fourteen games after they head-hunted him from Crawley Town. The former Liverpool and Leeds United player has been dismissed along with assistant manager Warren Feeney, who was also recruited from Crawley, and first-team analyst Paul Murphy. They have named Steve Chettle as Caretaker Manager, but state that they are planning to announce a new manager by their next game on Saturday.
Kewell's record is a rather average looking three wins and four draws across the two-and-a-half months that he was in charge, although in fairness took over a Magpies side that was at the foot of the Football League, and had leaked thirteen goals in five matches. There had been some brief progress, as he pulled them out of the relegation zone but that has since been followed up by a run of six matches without a win, with his final match in charge seeing them thumped 4-0 by League One side Barnsley in the FA Cup. That cup result aside, they'd shown signs of disappearing back into the bottom two positions.
Chairman Alan Hardy said that he had come to the conclusion that Kewell's time at Meadow Lane was not going to work, and so they have decided to make yet another change:
"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."
Notts County's management changes have become extraordinary over the last decade. Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, the names of Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz, Mick Halsall (Caretaker), Jamie Fullarton, Mark Cooper, John Sheridan, Alan Smith (Caretaker), Kevin Nolan, Mark Crossley (Caretaker) and Harry Kewell have now all passed through the revolving door. Whoever replaces Kewell will become their sixth boss since the start of 2016.
Kewell's departure also continues the tradition of clubs parting company with managers after FA Cup First Round weekend. So far this week, Phil Brown has left Swindon Town, Neal Ardley has left AFC Wimbledon, John Askey has left Shrewsbury Town, and now Kewell has left Notts County, providing four dismissals from EFL clubs in less than three days.
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