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Feared and revered

Paul Hart discusses his new role at Meadow Lane

6 September 2018

Paul Hart wants to help develop Notts County ‘inside and out’ after arriving at Meadow Lane this week.

The 65-year-old has joined the Magpies from Luton Town, where he was assistant manager, and enjoyed his first day in his new role of technical director today.

“I’ve got a wide-ranging job specification,” he said.  “I’m here for plenty of reasons and developing this club from the inside out is part of it.

“This is already a revered football club throughout the world because of its history and we want to make it a club that is feared in the football sense.

“It feels wonderful to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Meadow Lane is familiar territory to Hart, who has previously held roles as caretaker manager and academy manager at Notts.

“It looks very different to what I remember,” he revealed. “The work that’s been done in the dressing room and the corridor leading to the pitch is very impressive.

“This is my third time at Notts County - they gave me my first job in coaching back in 1987 so I owe them a lot.

“One of the best things so far has been seeing boys in the building that I helped sign three years ago. In a very selfish way, it makes my judgements sound not so bad!

“It also shows that we are looking to nurture young players moving forward.”

Hart follows new manager Harry Kewell to the club – someone he knows very well having taken the Australian to Leeds United.

“I’ve got great memories of bringing harry into the country and watching him develop,” he said. “We won the FA Youth Cup with him in the team and it was a wonderful time for Leeds following a lot of work from me and my staff.

“I wasn’t surprised to see him go into management and he’s making good strides.”


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