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Kelly: Full Focus On The Football

26 February 2013

The Notts County squad is delighted that Chris Kiwomya has been appointed as first team manager until the end of the season, says Julian Kelly.

Kiwomya has been in caretaker charge of the Magpies since the departure of former boss Keith Curle earlier this month.

There has been plenty of speculation over who will be taking over at Meadow Lane and Kiwomya’s permanent appointment has been well received in the County camp. 

Kelly feels that the team can focus 100 per cent on the football now and sees no reason why Notts cannot end the season strongly under the guidance of the former development squad manager and coach Dean Austin. 

“Everyone’s happy, because we’ve been working with Chris and we know what he’s about,” he told Magpie Player. 

“He’s a calm character and I’ve worked with Dean Austin before at Reading and he’s a top man.

“There’s no uncertainty now and everyone knows that they can just concentrate on the football.

“It’s massive, because even though people say ‘concentrate on football’, there’s always something at the back of your mind thinking ‘who’s coming in?’ or ‘what’s going to happen?’

“Now we know that this is it until the end of the season, there’s no more rumours going about and it’s just settled.”

On Tuesday night, Notts will face automatic promotion contenders Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park (7.45pm kick-off). 

Kelly believes that Ronnie Moore’s men provided the Magpies' strongest test, when they put in a dominant showing at Meadow Lane earlier in the season.

“Everyone says that they’re the best team that we’ve faced and I’ll agree with that as well,” the full-back continued. 

“We know it’s going to be a very tough game and they’ve just had a good result.

“They were going through a little sticky situation so I don’t know if this is the right time to play them.

“With every game there’s three points at the end of it but it is important to beat those teams around or just above you, because you’re bringing them closer to you.”

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