Harry Kewell intent on bringing a bit of Frank Rijkaard to Notts County

07 September 2018 04:19
Kevin Nolan’s replacement at League Two’s bottom club says he benefited from guidance from some great coaches but reserves special acclaim for the DutchmanAs Harry Kewell namechecks the successful managers who have influenced him – including Rafael Benítez, George Graham and Frank Rijkaard – he says his own ideas about football boil down to “putting people in the right positions”. That invites many follow-up questions, especially: why has he agreed to put himself in the position of managing Notts County, bottom of League Two?He could, after all, have stayed at Crawley Town where, after an impressive stint as Watford’s under-23 coach, he began his senior managerial career last season in a way that ensured he gets a mention whenever talk turns to the most promising young managers in English football. The Australian, who turns 40 this month, improved Crawley’s results while introducing an exciting style. That attracted many admirers, including the Notts County owner, Alan Hardy, who appointed Kewell as manager of his club last week after sacking Kevin Nolan. Kewell will take charge of his first league game with County at Exeter City on Saturday, having begun his reign on Tuesday with a defeat by Grimsby Town in the Checkatrade Trophy. He says the club has big potential and he – and his players – are encouraged by his start. Related: Football League clubs balk at loan deals that have too many strings | Paul MacInnes Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian