Notts County seems to be where managers go for a few months and then get sacked. It’s not exactly the greatest career move, as John Sheridan found out to his cost yesterday.
Sheridan decided to move down from Sky Bet League One to become the manager of Notts County, so you imagine he must have been given some promises that it would be much better in the East Midlands at a worse level of football. Obviously one of those promises wasn’t that he’d be there for longer than seven months because he’s gone as quickly as so many other County managers before him.
So who’s next to be in the hotseat? Well you can vote on it with our poll at the bottom of the page.
With so many currently thinking that the head coach’s spot in Notts County is cursed, why not just make things easy and go with someone inside the club? Smith was quickly appointed as the caretaker manager and has been there for two and a half years after initially signing as a player. He also has top level experience as a player having played for Leeds United, Manchester United and Newcastle United in the Premier League. But does he have the experience for this job?
County could go for the unexperienced Smith, or could they go for someone who has a tonne of experience? He has been the manager of Coventry City, Leeds United and Aston Villa and has been a coach at many more teams beside that, most recently Liverpool. But after having bad experiences of being a manager, would he return to the role in Sky Bet League Two?
Of course there are far more standard appointments you can make rather than Smith or McAllister. Paul Cox for instance. Cox’s greatest achievement was getting Mansfield Town promoted from the Vanarama National, though he may appreciate getting an Aston Martin from his chairman for beating Barrow 8-1 a little bit more. His current club, coincidentally Barrow, are doing decently right now, so could he be tempted to move back to League Two?
A natural thing to do when looking for a new boss is to see who is managing the best team in the league below. And currently that is Lincoln City, and their manager is Danny Cowley. In his few months at the club, he has transformed them from a mid-table side into the league leaders of the Vanarama National. Could he do this at Notts County?
Well if you want someone who has experience of being sacked in rather controversial ways, you could go for Redfearn. He was one of the many casualties of the Massimo Cellino regime at Leeds United, and you could argue that he wasn’t given much time at Rotherham United though his replacement Neil Warnock would go on to do miracles at the New York. But would Redfearn go back into such a volatile situation?