Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Nolan interested in Lincoln City manager's job

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Former Notts County manager Kevin Nolan is understood to be keen to talk to Lincoln City about succeeding Danny Cowley as manager at Sincil Bank

Speculation over the identity of the next Imps boss is already under way, with Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth, Newport’s Michael Flynn, Phil Parkinson and Nigel Adkins among the early front-runners, according to bookmakers.

And Lincolnshire Live understands the ex-Newcastle, West Ham and Bolton midfielder would be interested in the Sincil Bank post.

Nolan had a brief spell as player-manager at Leyton Orient during the 2015/16 season.

 

After calling time on his playing career, he was appointed Notts manager in January 2017, saving the Magpies from relegation and then leading them to the League Two play-offs the following season, working with current Imps players Michael O’Connor and Jorge Grant.

Nolan was sacked by County chairman Alan Hardy just five games into last season following a 3-1 defeat at Lincoln.

It is understood Nolan had been asked to slash the average age of the squad and, amid rumours of interference in team affairs from Hardy, parted company with the club.

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Notts were eventually relegated from the Football League and hit the headlines off the pitch after Hardy accidently posted an intimate picture on social media before, within hours, putting the club up for sale.

It is understood Nolan, 37, would see the Imps as the perfect opportunity to kick-start his managerial career and has been impressed by the club, on and off the pitch, during his recent visits to Sincil Bank.

Kevin Nolan
Kevin Nolan

It would also be a good move from a location point of view, with Nolan settled in the Nottingham area, less than an hour’s journey from Sincil Bank.

First-team coach Jamie McCombe and goalkeeping coach Andy Warrington have been placed in temporary charge of the team.

A club statement, issued yesterday to confirm the Cowleys’ departure, said: “The club have begun the process of appointing a new manager and will provide updates on the recruitment process as appropriate.”

The first game since the Cowleys’ departure will be at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

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