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Kiwomya Leaves By Mutual Consent

27 October 2013

Notts County can confirm that the club have parted company with manager Chris Kiwomya by mutual consent.

Kiwomya, who joined Notts initially as development squad manager back in February 2012, has been in charge of the first team since February of this year, having taken over as caretaker manager following the departure of Keith Curle.
However, an indifferent start to the season, blighted by suspensions and injuries, saw Notts record just two wins in our opening 13 league matches, despite playing an attractive and exciting style of football.
Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home to Preston left Notts bottom of the Sky Bet League 1 table and it was after this match that Chris met with Chief Executive Jim Rodwell to discuss his future.
It was reluctantly agreed in this meeting that the two parties would part company, with Rodwell full of praise for the work that Chris has done during his time at Meadow Lane.
"I cannot express how difficult a decision that this has been for the Board of Directors,” explained Rodwell.
“This has been a grueling year for Chris, both on the pitch and personally. Chris has conducted himself with dignity and professionalism throughout.  
“We would like to state, for the record, that we continue to hold Chris in high regard. His work rate, enthusiasm, commitment to the club and importantly, honesty and integrity are commodities rare in football today,” he added.
"We put our faith in Chris towards the end of last season and genuinely thought that we had found the man to bring stability and a long-term vision to the manager's role here at Notts.
"However, it simply hasn't worked out how we had envisaged and unfortunately, as we all know, this is a results driven business and there has to be a line that we simply cannot cross.
"Chris has a real talent for spotting and nurturing young talent that I am confident will serve him well in his career.
"As a Board it is our responsibility to look after the best interests of the club at all times and above all else, which is why we felt obliged to agree to go our separate ways, but Chris can be proud of his time at Meadow Lane and with a little more luck I honestly believe things could have been very different.”
Both Mick Jones and Andy Watson have also parted company with the club and everyone at Notts County would like to wish all three men the very best for the future and to thank them for their efforts during their time here at Meadow Lane.

Development squad manager Steve Hodge will take charge of the first team for Tuesday night's Sky Bet League 1 game against Oldham Athletic.

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