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Halsall hopes to 'turn the head' of Notts County Chairman

Notts County interim manager Mick Halsall Credit: ITV News Central

Notts County interim manager Mick Halsall hopes to "turn the head" of chairman Ray Trew with his side's performances on the pitch.

In his first press conference as interim manager, Halsall refused to rule out taking on the job long term.

He also confirmed he wouldn't be involved in any transfer activity until after their game against Oxford on Saturday.

Manager Ricardo Moniz leaves Notts County

Ricardo Moniz Credit: PA

Notts County have 'parted company' with manager Ricardo Moniz, the club has announced.

The League Two side currently sit fifteenth in the table after yesterday's draw against Morecambe.

Monizjoined the side during last season on a three year contract, but couldn't stop them from dropping down into League Two.

“By this stage of the season I felt that we needed to be seeing more consistent performances, which would naturally translate into better results and we know all too well how much of a sand trap this division can be – the longer we linger and struggle, the more difficult it will be to get out.

"My goal for this club is, and always has been, to improve and whilst I by no means want to keep chopping and changing managers, I refuse to let us stagnate and I feel that the time is right for a new approach to reignite our season and get us back on track to where we want and need to be."

– Notts Chairman Ray Trew


Defeat to non-League Salford City 'a disaster' - Moniz

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz (left) said Salford City deserved the win. Credit: PA

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz has conceded his side's defeat to non-League Salford City in the first round of the FA Cup was "a disaster".

Salford, who are co-owned by Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, play in the Evo-Stik Premier League and claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over their League Two opponents at Moor Lane.

Salford City's James Poole (right), Scott Burton (centre) and Elliot Kebbie celebrate their FA Cup first round win over Notts County Credit: PA

Moniz admitted Salford deserved the win.

I will never forget this. It has been a disaster for Notts County.

They deserved to win, they were better. They wanted it more.

– Ricardo Moniz


Brain injury foundation launched in honour of Jeff Astle

The family of former West Bromwich Albion and Notts County footballer Jeff Astle are launching a new foundation aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of brain injury in sport.

The former striker died in 2002 aged 59 from a brain condition normally related to boxing.

Jeff scored the winning goal in the 1968 FA Cup final and was a member of the 1970 World Cup squad.

Jeff Astle Credit: PA

He was the first British professional footballer confirmed to have died from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in individuals with a history of head injury, often as a result of multiple concussions.

In his case, it was the repeated low level brain trauma believed to have been caused from the repeated heading of footballs.

The foundation will be launched at West Brom's game against Leicester this afternoon.

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