According to The Mirror, new Notts County owner Alan Hardy will name former West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan as their new manager. The Sky Bet League Two strugglers are searching for a new manager after John Sheridan recently left the club with them hovering above the relegation zone.
Sheridan has since returned to former club Oldham Athletic, replacing Steve Robinson as their new boss, but Notts County look set to call upon the services of 34-year-old Nolan as his replacement. Last year, he had 15 games in charge of Leyton Orient, winning seven and losing six of those before his departure over the summer.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was reportedly offered the job by the new owner earlier this week but declined the chance to take over. Alan Smith, the former Leeds United and Manchester United striker, has been in caretaker charge of the club but they’ve lost their last ten league matches in a row. They face local rivals Mansfield Town at Meadow Lane this weekend and the club hope to have Nolan in place prior to this big clash.
Bookmakers have made Nolan a very heavy odds-on favourite to take the job. He has spent the vast majority of his playing career in the Premier League with both Bolton Wanderers and then West Ham, enjoying a particularly close relationship with Sam Allardyce, a former Notts County manager. It remains to be seen if Nolan will be signing on as a player once his appointment is finalised. He could elect to sign player registration forms and only play in case they are short, or he may feel his experience in their relegation battle could be vital.