Garry Birtles: Time for patience, not panic, at Notts County
IS there something in the water in Nottingham that gives owners and chairman of football clubs itchy trigger fingers?
Notts County have had seven managers in three years and, on the opposite side of the Trent, Nottingham Forest have had four, during the same period.
That is enough for an entire team of managers, for goodness sake.
But, at Meadow Lane, over the past week, there have been the first few rumblings; the first few calls for Keith Curle's head.
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Don't be ridiculous.
Yes, there are major issues to be resolved at Notts – but the answer is not yet another change of manager.
The Magpies cannot find their feet at home. At Meadow Lane, confidence seems to be an issue.
There is no escaping the fact that is a major problem.
But it is also the only thing between them and establishing themselves as promotion contenders.
They are six points off the top of the table in League One. And they remain unbeaten away from home.
It is never going to help when you can't perform on home turf, because it is where the majority of fans see you in action most.
It will also affect attendances as well, if fans are watching their side struggle every other weekend.
But now is the time for patience; for faith – not knee jerk decisions.
Curle has put together a good squad, there is plenty of potential at the Lane.
And, when they do play their best football, they look to be a match for anyone.
Just one or two home wins on the bounce could revive confidence and change the picture completely.
I hope Curle is given the opportunity to prove me right.