Nottingham Post understands that Malky Mackay is not in the running to become the next manager of League Two side Notts County. Odds on Mackay taking over were slashed over the weekend from 20/1 to 3/1, but it would appear there is no substance to this rumour.
It is believed that the Notts County hierarchy will this week significantly step up their search to appoint the successor to Ricardo Moniz, who was sacked following an in-different start to the season following relegation from League One at the end of the last campaign.
Mackay has been out of work since departing Wigan Athletic last season, as they struggling to avoid relegation from the Championship, and eventually dropped into League One. Prior to that he had a productive introduction to management with Watford and then led Cardiff City into the Premier League, only for him to be sacked by Vincent Tan.
There are strong rumours that Scottish giants Celtic have identified 43-year-old Mackay as a potential future manager at Celtic Park. With Norwegian Ronny Deila coming under big pressure this season after a less than usually dominant domestic record and failings in Europe once again, Mackay could find himself back at his former club.
Chairman Ray Trew and Chief Executive Julian Winter are set to stage interviews this week, with out of work former Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper almost certainly set to be spoken to. Current Newport County manager John Sheridan is another who is said to be in the running for the vacant position. Richard Dryden and Mick Halsall are expected to remain in charge of the Meadow Lane club’s next game.