Ex-West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan sacked by Notts County

Kevin Nolan leaves Notts County bottom of League Two following a fourth successive defeatue Tqo

Former West Ham and Bolton captain Kevin Nolan has been sacked as a manager for the second time in two years, as Notts County dispensed with his services on Sunday with the team lying bottom of League Two.

Nolan, who has been in charge since January 2017 following his departure from Leyton Orient, saw the Magpies lose their last four games since drawing their opener.

However, the board saw enough after the 3-1 defeat at Lincoln on Saturday. Assistant manager Richard Thomas has also left the club.

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The club’s owner and chairman Alan Hardy said: “This is a decision we’ve made with the best interests of Notts County at heart.

“While the beginning of our 2018-19 campaign has been bitterly disappointing, the board and I believe results and performances throughout 2018 have not been good enough overall.

“The last eight months have seen us win only eight of our 28 Sky Bet League Two matches, a run which saw us surrender our position in the automatic promotion places before suffering defeat in the play-off semi-finals.”

Hardy added: “Our away form has also been a continuing concern, with only two league victories recorded on the road since the turn of the year.

“Ultimately, a continuation of this form would not allow us to meet our targets for the season and, having conceded 16 goals in our last five matches and being without a win in our last 10 competitive games, we feel now is the time to move forward with a new manager at the helm.”

First-team coaches Steve Chettle and Mark Crossley will take charge of first-team affairs on an interim basis. County host Forest Green next Saturday.