The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

IT’S been a bleak sea­son for Not­ting­ham For­est, who have man­ager sacked yet an­other

in Dougie Freed­man. I feel for Dougie. ing, try­ing He’s been wheel­ing

to bring play­ers and dealem­bargo on the in whilst there’s

club. He’s couldn’t don’t a trans­fer

re­ally un­der­stand change his Ha­sawi, side. I could how the chair­man,

pos­si­bly judge Fawaz AlIt will be tough him. the situation to at­tract a top

but, who­ever cal­i­bre re­place­ment 18-year-old Oliver

it is, they’ll in­herit given I first Burke. a great ta­lent

saw him when in 21s and he he came

was ex­cep­tional on against my He scored that Cardiff Un­der

a goal, night. He’s a young worked hard,

Scot­tish boy showed some marks him great feet. out who plays on

is his pace –it the wing and scares the life is ab­so­lutely what

out of de­fend­ers. sear­ing and Thanks to the give em­bargo, Dougie’s

him a chance been forced with in the first team to

a cou­ple of goals and he’s seized plays. and some ex­cel­lent it

He’s young and dis­proper raw but there’s

player there who a make it I think to the can

top. SEE­ING how far Notts County have fallen is very sad. This is the old­est club in League football and it is strug­gling for ex­is­tence in League Two.

I was born in Not­ting­ham and started my ca­reer at Meadow Lane. We had a great side in those days - Craig Short, Tommy John­son, Mark Draper.We had Neil Warnock as man­ager. We even spent a sea­son in the top flight.

But that was 25 years ago and, since then, the club has failed to spark any­thing like that kind of ex­cite­ment in fans. Rel­e­ga­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tion, false dawns.

Last week saw Jamie Fullar­ton re­placed by Mark Cooper, their tenth man­ager in six years un­der chair­man Ray Trew – a ridicu­lous amount.

There’s been con­stant tur­moil. And are you re­ally telling me that all of them did a bad job? There must be some­thing fun­da­men­tally wrong.

To be fair to Ray, his heart is in the right place. When I was there as a coach in 200809, he pumped a lot of money into im­prov­ing the in­fra­struc­ture, the ground and cor­po­rate hos­pi­tal­ity.

He’s ob­vi­ously a very as­tute busi­ness­man. I just think he lacks that real in­sight into football. The ap­point­ment of Jamie was a case in point. Jamie is a ter­rific coach who worked won­ders at For­est. But in terms of man­age­ment he was very in­ex­pe­ri­enced. He was cry­ing out for a strong, ex­pe­ri­enced No.2 but that never hap­pened.

What Ray – or who­ever buys Notts County – needs is to ap­point some­one who knows how to build and or­gan­ise a football club.

I don’t mean a man­ager. I mean a di­rec­tor who can look at the academy, the train­ing ground, re­cruit­ment, and bring all those things to­gether in a grand plan for suc­cess.

What won’t change is an ex­cep­tion­ally loyal fan­base. To sub­ject them to life in the lower reaches of League Two is a scandal and some­thing that needs to be ad­dressed.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

SHARP-SHOOTER: An­dre Gray cel­e­brates an­other goal for the Clarets

AXED: Jamie Fullar­ton

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