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A look ahead at how Kevin Nolan's Magpies are shaping up for the new season

26 July 2018

Who are ya?

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.

In charge

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.

Pre-season form

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.

Promotion odds

Notts are second favourites for promotion with odds of 11/8 generally available.

Last season

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. 

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