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League One side Notts County part ways with manager Chris Kiwomya

 

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Chris Kiwomya has parted company with League One strugglers Notts County, after only eight months in charge.

Assistant manager Mick Jones and coach Andy Watson have also left, with Steve Hodge placed in temporary charge.

Kiwomya was appointed on a temporary basis in February after the departure of Keith Curle. He was offered a permanent 3 year deal a month later.

Kiwomya, who had been in charge of County's development squad before being moved up to manager of the senior side, ended last season well, losing only one of eight in the run up to a 12th place finish.

However, he could not continue that form going into the new season, and after only 2 wins all season, find themselves at the foot of the table. Kiwomya's last game in charge was a 1-0 home defeat to Preston North End on Saturday, courtesy of a late Ian Hume goal. He met with chief executive Jim Rodwell after the match, and the decision for him to depart was made.

Rodwell, speaking of the decision said, "I cannot express how difficult a decision that this has been for the board of directors. This has been a gruelling year for Chris, both on the pitch and personally. Chris has conducted himself with dignity and professionalism throughout."

"We put our faith in Chris towards the end of last season and thought we had found the man to bring stability and a long-term vision to the manager's role here at Notts."

"However, it simply hasn't worked out how we had envisaged and unfortunately, as we all know, this is a results driven business and there has to be a line that we simply cannot cross."

 

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