The Nottingham Post understands that Notts County will formally reveal their new manager at a press conference on Monday. Nottingham Forest development coach Jamie Fullarton is the odds-on favourite to be appointed to the role.
The former Crystal Palace defender has been heavily backed in the betting over the past few days. Chairman Ray Trew, Director Aileen Trew and Chief Executive Julian Winter concluded their interviews with managerial candidates yesterday. Grimsby manager Paul Hurst and ex-Birmingham City, Blackpool and Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark are no longer in the running.
Mark Cooper, who was sacked from his job at Swindon Town earlier this season, is said to have been interviewed on Thursday and his name is still being mentioned. Newport County manager John Sheridan is also another name that came under consideration by the Notts County hierarchy.
The name of Jamie Fullarton has certainly come out of the blue but being positioned in the city can at least be added to the list of pro’s for appointing him, although clearly that isn’t essential. However he has no managerial experience, although he does run his own football academy. He has also held roles at Bristol Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, similar to the job he has with Forest, in recent years.
Ricardo Moniz was a shock managerial appointment when he was given the job last season. He was sacked last month after a poor start to the season following the clubs relegation from League One. Whether the appointment of Fullarton will please supporters is unknown, it will certainly surprise them, but the Magpies fans will certainly get behind the new man, whoever it is.