Garry Birtles: Notts County must keep key players as window closes
KEITH Curle is sure to be working on making additions to his Notts County squad before the end of today.
But, for me, the biggest victory for the Magpies boss will be ensuring he does not lose either of his two key players.
Alan Judge and Jeff Hughes will both almost certainly be on the radars of clubs at a higher level, as they come into the final months of their deals.
And there may well yet be a bid or two from those who believe they might be able to pick up a bargain as a result.
Having won at Portsmouth in midweek, Notts are once more back among the chasing pack in the play-off race.
One or two more good results could catapult them right back into the fray. But they will have a far better chance of doing that if they are able to hang on to their two prize assets. And, if they do get into the top six, anything is still possible.
It is a big, big ask, but Hughes and Judge could both yet find themselves playing for a Championship club, without having to leave Meadow Lane.
IT is great to see Sean O'Driscoll make a flying start to life at Bristol City.
They looked doomed to relegation but, with the new boss at the helm, things have changed quickly.
Watford, who had hammered Forest last Saturday, made a host of changes at Ashton Gate, including resting both the strikers who had done all the damage at the City Ground.
That was clearly a bad decision, as Bristol's subsequent win demonstrated.
But so was the one to get rid of O'Driscoll at Forest. I say that without any disrespect to Alex McLeish, who I fully support, now he is in charge.
But I thought the decision to get rid of O'Driscoll was madness. I suspect that opinion will only be enhanced by the job he does over the coming months.