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Enjoying the experience

5 January 2017

Alan Smith says he is enjoying the experience of being Notts County's caretaker manager.

The 36-year-old took temporary control of first-team affairs earlier this week following the departure of John Sheridan.

And, while Smith sees his current role very much as a temporary one, he is nevertheless enjoying the latest challenge in his fledgling coaching career.

He said: "I won't enjoy it if we get beaten, that's for sure, but the experience has been good.

"It's quite difficult because there's so much you want to try and implement. But I've got to remember I'm still a player - the dressing room is still where I belong. I don't want to isolate myself from the lads who I play with week in, week out, I just want to instil some belief that they are actually good players.

"When things are going wrong sometimes people try that little bit too hard. It's a fine line."

Smith is preparing the team for Saturday's trip to Morecambe but one player who won't be on the bus to Lancashire is Alex Rodman.

The midfielder was released from his contract this afternoon in order to join Shrewsbury Town.

Smith said: "He's got an opportunity to go to a League One team - that's football. No-one wants to step in anyone's way and at this moment in time we need players who are 100% committed to this club.

"Alex said yesterday that he had an opportunity to move on and we all wish him well in his career at Shrewsbury."

Supporters can watch Smith's 40-minute press conference in full on Magpie Player HD.

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