League One side Notts County have sacked their management team this afternoon. First team manager Craig Short and assistant boss Dave Kevan have been fired a day after the Magpies lost 2-1 at Colchester United, leaving them 16th in the League One table and a relatively decent start to their first season back in Third Tier football.
For reasons only known to themselves, a stable start in a new division was not good enough for the Notts County board, who met this morning following the defeat in Essex and decided to pull the plug on Short and Kevan. They released the following statement:
"Following a board meeting convened this morning, the board decided to review the current status of the first team. Following this review it was decided to make changes to the first-team management. The board wishes to thank them both for all of their endeavours while at Notts County and wish them well for the future. There will be no further statement at this time."
Whoever comes in at Meadow Lane to replace Short will be the club's sixth First Team Manager in just over a year. Since parting company with Ian McParland in mid-October 2009, they have gone through Hans Backe and Steve Cotterill whilst Kevan had a three month spell himself as first team boss. Short was given a rather ... errr short spell in charge of the Magpies, having only been appointed over the summer.
His 17 games in charge brought 7 wins and 9 defeats, plus a draw. Nothing brilliant, but nothing terrible either, particularly when the need for players to acclimatise to a new division, along with the club's previous 12 months of management and boardroom instability is taken into account. Once again, the ridiculous short-termism within the boardrooms of football clubs rears its ugly head.
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