Garry Birtles: Time to break the cycle of change at Notts County
I WANT to make one thing clear – I do not enjoy being critical.
I don't slag people off for the sake of it. I don't wake up in the morning and immediately feel the urge to moan about things.
But I am paid to give my opinion and I don't see the point in toning that down, just to avoid putting noses out of joint.
Sometimes you have to say what you think and, right at this minute, Nottingham football is in a bit of a mess.
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I have spoken about my concerns over Nottingham Forest – but I hold similar ones for the club on the opposite side of the Trent.
I am a local lad; I was lucky enough to play for both Nottingham teams and I desperately want to see both of them do well.
But neither Forest nor Notts seem to be able to do the right thing, when it comes to managers these days.
If we are going to give Forest stick for getting rid of Sean O'Driscoll, then the same must apply to the Magpies for sacking Keith Curle.
Chris Kiwomya is the ninth manager in little more than three-and-a-half years at Meadow Lane.
And, while they hope his caretaker role will be made more permanent if he does well, that number could soon increase to ten, if things do not work out.
I understand the desire for immediate success; I know that football is a results based business.
And yes, Curle's inability to inspire any kind of sustained run of positive results at home had, apparently, begun to have an impact on gates.
That is going to concern any chairman, who has to find a way to pay the bills. But Curle had broken club records with his away form, he was slowly making progress.
Getting rid of Lee Hughes was a bizarre decision, but he was never backed when it came to properly replacing him. Notts did not go the extra mile to bring a new striker in. That was a factor in their recent stutter – and probably Curle's departure.
But, for me, it is a vicious circle. Until you give somebody time to stamp their influence on the club; to get things working how they want them to, you will never have that stability, that success.
You tell me how many clubs who have chopped and changed their managers every five minutes achieve success.
There are not many.
I know we make the same noises every time a new manager walks through the door at every club, but this time, I hope Notts take it on board.
Pick the right man for the job, whether that is Kiwomya or somebody else, and give him a chance. Give him time.
If Notts are looking for another manager in six months or a year, the cycle will never end.