Harry Kewell’s Notts County mission statement revealed, but loses first match

Harry Kewell’s Notts County mission statement revealed, but loses first match


Harry Kewell has revealed what he plans to achieve in the immediate future as Notts County manager having formally taken the reigns from sacked Kevin Nolan.

Kewell took over at Meadow Lane on Sunday, declaring he could not turn down the opportunity to join County from League Two rivals Crawley Town when the opportunity arose.

Kewell, 39, has a mammoth task in front of him with County sitting in the relegation zone, rooted to the foot of the table after five matches.

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But despite their lowly position, Kewell declared there was no reason County could not target the promotion or play-off places.

They finished fifth last season but were ultimately unable to gain promotion to League One via the play-offs.

“The ambition is simple and it’s to win. If we win matches we’ll be climbing the table up to where we want to be – in the promotion mix,” Kewell told the club’s website.

“But we’ve got to take each game as it comes.

“A football club is run by three points – it sets the tone for everything.

“The fans and the staff coming into work here all feel the pain when we don’t win and the happiness when we do.

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“I’m keen to develop the players we have. I love to coach and I’m looking forward to improving the lads.”

However, Kewell’s County lost their first match together, going down 2-1 away against Grimsby Town in the EFL Trophy.

County led after 12 minutes, but two Grimsby goals in the final 21 minutes saw them pegged back and defeated.