MAG­PIES OUT FOR A NEW MON AS RIC AXED

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

NOTTS COUNTY chair­man Ray Trew wants to see his club ‘reignite’ their sea­son af­ter part­ing com­pany with man­ager Ri­cardo Moniz.

The 51-year-old Dutch­man was ap­pointed on a three-year deal in April but was pow­er­less to stop the club’s rel­e­ga­tion from League One and they now sit well out­side the play-off places in League Two.

County have just two wins to their name since the start of Novem­ber in a run of matches that has also seen them bow out of the FA Cup to Non-League Sal­ford City.

Moniz will be fol­lowed out of the door by his as­sis­tant Dave Ke­van and de­fen­sive coach Dean Yates who have also been dis­missed by the club.

And Trew is keen to see a quick im­prove­ment from the Mag­pies with acad­emy man­ager Mick Hal­sall and U21 coach Richard Dry­den tak­ing tem­po­rary charge of first-team af­fairs.

“I made it clear when ap­point­ing Ri­cardo that I wanted some­one who would bring an ex­cit­ing, at­tack­ing brand of foot­ball to Meadow Lane and I think it would be fair to say that in part he has done this, with some eye­catch­ing at­tack­ing play on show at times this sea­son,” Trew said.

“How­ever, whilst show­ing con­sid­er­able flair at times, par­tic­u­larly here at home, I feel that we have lacked a level of dis­ci­pline and or­gan­i­sa­tion in our de­fen­sive play through­out the sea­son which has un­der­mined our ef­forts and our right to play this free-flow­ing at­tack­ing style.

“My goal for this club is, and al­ways has been, to im­prove and whilst I by no means want to keep chop­ping and chang­ing man­agers, I refuse to let us stag­nate and I feel that the time is right for a new ap­proach to reignite our sea­son and get us back on track to where we want and need to be.”

EXIT DOOR: Ri­cardo Moniz

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