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Notts County were in the promotion places in January before their form fell away and they finished fifth, losing to Coventry City in the play-offs.
Kevin Nolan took over as permanent boss last September, having been in charge on a caretaker basis since January 2017. He led Notts to safety that season, having inherited a team who had lost their previous ten games in succession and were in danger of relegation.
As a player Nolan made over 600 appearances, most of them in the Premier League, for Newcastle, Bolton and West Ham.
Ins and Outs
Notts have been the busiest League 2 club this summer, with a host of comings and goings.
They have signed Sheffield United winger Nathan Thomas and Brighton defender Ben Hall on loan as well as ex-Reds midfielder Enzio Boldewijn, who moved to Meadow Lane last month for a six-figure fee. Midfielder David Vaughan has arrived from Nottingham Forest along with Portsmouth midfielder Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain. Another new face is former Oxford and Mansfield striker Kane Hemmings.
Leaving Meadow Lane are ex-Reds loanee Jonathan Forte, who has moved to Exeter, wide man Curtis Thompson, who has joined Wycombe, and midfielder Michael O’Connor – now with Lincoln City. In addition, Liam Noble has joined National League side Hartlepool.
After big-scoring wins over local non-league sides, County lost 4-1 at home to Leicester City on Saturday. They complete their preparations for their League 2 opener against Colchester with a visit to Luton Town on Saturday.
Notts are second favourites for promotion with odds of 11/8 generally available.
Reds won 2-1 at Meadow Lane last January, thanks to a stoppage-time penalty from Josh Payne. It was sweet revenge for Reds who had lost 1-0 at home to County earlier in the season.