Notts County Panic Again

by John Harvey

Two weekends ago, on a cold and cheerless day in East London, I watched as Notts County went down to the home side, Leyton Orient, by the odd goal, and, in so doing, ended an amazing run under their manager, Keith Curle, of 22 away games undefeated. This week, at home, and in front of a disappointingly small crowd, they lost, again by a single goal, to the bottom team in the division, Hartlepool United. This left them a few more places below the play-off places than they would have liked – around the middle of the table – but respectable.

Apparently not.

Not respectable enough to keep manager Keith Curle in his job. That record of 22 undefeated away games forgotten; the excellent first half of the season, forgotten; an overall record of 23 wins out of 51 games, better than many, forgotten. Instead, as so often in soccer these days, as so often at Notts County, the chairman reaches for the panic button, making it seven managers at the club since 2009.