The ‘Guv’nor’ is back in the game.
Notts County have confirmed former England captain Paul Ince as their new manager at Meadow Lane.
As first revealed by skysports.com, Ince has succeeded Craig Short at the club following his sacking last week.
Ince has signed a three-year and eight-month deal at County and will take charge for the first time against Southampton this weekend.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder has been out of work since leaving his second spell at MK Dons in April.
Notts County chairman Ray Trew believes the former Blackburn and Macclesfield boss is the right man to take the club forward.
“Paul has a wealth of experience as a player and a solid track record as a manager in the Football League, making him the obvious choice for me when we began our search for a new manager,” Trew told the club’s official website.
“There were a number of high calibre applications for the position and it was encouraging to see just how attractive a proposition managing Notts County remains to some very prestigious names in the world of football management.
“However, when we met Paul it quickly became clear that he was the ideal candidate, he’d done his homework, had some big ideas and was ready to get stuck in straightaway.” (Sky Sports)
Craig Short didn’t last long at Meadow Lane and one wonders if Paul Ince will similarly struggle to meet Notts County’s ambitious aims. The League One club is just four points from the play-off spots and given that the club are in their first season back in the division following their title success last term, one would have thought that a decent start to the campaign.
One wonders how long Ince will last if he doesn’t achieve promotion this term, such are the hopes of the club’s owner Ray Trew.