In discussion with the Nottingham Post, Notts County forward Lewis Alessandra has stated that the squad as a collective were ‘gutted’ when they heard Kevin Nolan was sacked as manager. Over a week has passed since owner Alan Hardy decided that Nolan should be dismissed, with Harry Kewell since arriving as his replacement.

Alessandra was bought to Meadow Lane by Nolan from Hartlepool United last year and was always appreciate of his efforts at the Notts County helm. It has definitely been a very hectic period for the club of late, with Hardy revealing it has been the most testing period of his business career.

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Kewell started his tenure as Magpies boss with a defeat to Grimsby Town last night in the Checkatrade Trophy, a game which Alessandra was involved in. He says Nolan made a huge impression during his 18-months in charge,

“Even though I wasn’t playing, I was gutted when the gaffer went.

“Everybody loved him, myself included, because he brought me to the club.

“We were all surprised by the news and we were gutted because we let him down with the performances.

“Playing so poorly collectively is ultimately what led to what happened.

“That was even more gutting because everybody liked him so much.”

Kewell may have taken the helm at a big club at this level but the pressure on him is instant, as he looks to drag them away from the bottom of the English Football League. This weekend they travel to beat play-off finalists Exeter City.

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