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Kevin Nolan sacked as Notts County manager after four straight defeats

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Former West Ham and Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan has been sacked as manager of Notts County with the club bottom of League Two.

Nolan initially joined as player-manager in January 2017, but a 3-1 loss to Lincoln on Saturday signals the end of his career at the Magpies.

A statement from Notts County confirmed Nolan, as well as assistant manager Richard Thomas, had been dismissed.

"This is a decision we've made with the best interests of Notts County at heart," owner and chairman Alan Hardy said. "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 playoff semifinals.

"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."