Football - Magpies not short of options

Notts County have been inundated with applications for the vacant managerial position at Meadow Lane, according to chief executive Jim Rodwell.

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However, the Sky Bet League One club are yet to speak to any potential candidates as they look for a ninth manager is the last four years after parting company with Chris Kiwomya at the weekend.

Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Preston cost Kiwomya his job. It was a third straight loss and a 10th defeat in 13 league matches for the bottom-of-the-table Magpies.

Rodwell told Sky Sports News: "All we've done is have a long conversation with Chris, (assistant manager) Mick Jones and (coach) Andy Watson on Saturday night. We tried to do things in the right way.

"We broke the story at 10am on Sunday and one minute later the phone started going ballistic. We've started to compile names but we haven't spoken to anybody.

"We'll go through a process, talk to some people and see who's interested in the job, and take it from there."

Steve Hodge will take charge of Tuesday night's home game against Oldham and Rodwell is unsure whether that will be the only time the development squad manager oversees first-team affairs.

"I don't know how realistic it is to have somebody in for Saturday," said Rodwell. "We've got a big game here against Oldham on Tuesday and Steve Hodge is taking charge of the team. He'll do an excellent job for us.

"I think the players are determined to turn it around. We're just concentrating on Oldham at the moment. We'll see where we are on Wednesday."

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