Notts County have confirmed that Acting Academy Manager Paul Hart and Head of Academy Coaching Mick Halsall will take temporary charge of the first team while the club looks for a permanent successor to Shaun Derry.
It was announced on Monday that Manager Derry and his Assistant Manager Greg Abbott had parted company with Notts County and the process is underway to find their successor at Meadow Lane.
But with a crucial League One game against Scunthorpe United this weekend and the need to maintain the day-to-day running of the first team squad, Hart and Halsall have been asked to take on the role of caretaker management team in the interim period.
Hart is a former Notts County player and has held the top job at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Crystal Palace. Halsall, meanwhile, is one of the most respected youth coaches in the game.
Paul Hart has emerged as the early favourite to take over the managers job at Notts County, following the sacking of Shaun Derry.
Derry was removed from his position this morning, along with his assistant Greg Abbott, after County won only one of their last eight games.
Hart has previously managed in Nottingham - he was the boss at rivals Forest between 2001 and 2004, having to guide the club through a period of financial difficulty.
He was appointed as the Acting academy Manager at Notts County in October last year.
Next Notts County manager odds:
- Paul Hart - 6/4
- Mark Yates - 4/1
- Gary Johnson - 8/1
- Darren Ferguson - 8/1
- Alan Smith - 10/1
- James Beattie - 12/1
- Danny Wilson - 12/1
- Iain Dowie - 12/1
- Steven Pressley - 14/1
- Neil Warnock - 14/1
- Nigel Adkins - 16/1
Odds courtesy of SkyBet and correct at time of writing
Notts County football club has sacked its manager Shaun Derry, and his assistant Greg Abbott.
The Magpies have won just one of their last eight matches and Saturday's 4-1 defeat by MK Dons left them outside the League One relegation zone on goal difference alone.
This is without doubt one of the hardest decisions that we have had to make as a board because we know how much this club means to Shaun and Greg and we know how much hard work they had both put in during their time here.
However, we have to make the decisions that we feel are in the best interests of the club and our perilous position in the table meant that we felt we needed to make a change.
I have nothing but positive things to say about Shaun and Greg and the way that they conducted themselves during their time here at Notts County.
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to them, but with a hope that this difficult decision will be the catalyst for a turn around in fortunes, starting this weekend at home to Scunthorpe United.
Former Crystal Palace and QPR midfielder Derry, 37, joined County in November 2013 in what was his first managerial role and saved them from relegation last season.
The club have yet to announce who will be in charge against Scunthorpe.
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Notts County manager Shaun Derry says his side is a "world apart" from where they were last year.
The Magpies have not lost a game since August.
This weekend they face Scunthorpe who are bottom of the league.
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Notts County defender Mustapha Dumbuya is enjoying being part of his sides terrific run at the moment. The Magpies currently sit fifth in the league having not lost in 10 matches.
However the deadly Ebola outbreak in his native country of Sierra Leone has made playing for the national team an unpleasant experience.
In August, ahead of an African Cup of Nation's match, he says the team was refused entry to the Seychelles. Two weeks ago in Cameroon he said the side was effectively quarantined in their hotel.
Former England and Manchester United footballer Alan Smith is set to join Notts County.
He will continue his playing career at Meadow Lane where he will also form part of the coaching staff.
The 33-year-old is close to agreeing a one-year deal with the Magpies.
Notts County will host Birmingham City at Meadow Lane in July for their first friendly before next season.
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