Gleeds boss leaves Notts County board

A tumultuous weekend at Notts County Football Club has seen manager Kevin Nolan sacked and Gleeds board director Jon Enever also leave the club.

Notts parted company with Nolan after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Lincoln City – a defeat that left them rooted to the bottom of League 2, still without a win this season.

Then, on Sunday evening, Enever, who lives in Nottinghamshire, quit the board. In a statement on Twitter, he said:

“After some serious soul-searching I’ve decided to step down as a board director of Notts County Football Club.

“For the majority of the time it’s been a huge privilege to be involved with the world’s oldest league club. I’ve worked with, and met, some fantastic people who genuinely have the best interests of the football club at heart.

“As an individual I need to be true to my own values and be honest enough to know when my ability to influence matters is restricted. I wish the club every success for the future and hope the former management team will be successful in their future careers.”

Jon Enever

Enever joined the board at Notts last June, along with radio sports broadcaster Darren Fletcher and Macesport founder and managing director Paul Mace.

Nolan’s departure means County owner and chairman Alan Hardy is looking for a new manager.

In a statement on the club’s website, he said: “This is a decision we’ve made with the best interests of Notts County at heart.

“While the beginning of our 2018-19 campaign has been bitterly disappointing, the board and I believe results and performances throughout 2018 have not been good enough overall.

“The last eight months have seen us win only eight of our 28 Sky Bet League Two matches, a run which saw us surrender our position in the automatic promotion places before suffering defeat in the play-off semi-finals.

“Our away form has also been a continuing concern, with only two league victories recorded on the road since the turn of the year.

“Ultimately, a continuation of this form would not allow us to meet our targets for the season and, having conceded 16 goals in our last five matches and being without a win in our last 10 competitive games, we feel now is the time to move forward with a new manager at the helm.

“Everybody knows of my desire to restore the fortunes of the world’s oldest Football League club and I have invested substantial monies to strengthen our playing squad in the summer.

“Our supporters have responded magnificently by turning out in their droves but, unfortunately, their efforts have not been backed up by performances on the pitch.

“This club will nevertheless always owe Kevin a huge debt of gratitude for his work in saving us from relegation from the EFL when I first arrived in January 2017.

“It was a truly remarkable turnaround and we wish him and his team every success in the future.”

Steve Chettle and Mark Crossley will take charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.