Notts County: Magpies hope Chris Kiwomya proves 'dream' choice for top job
NOTTS County hope Chris Kiwomya proves the 'dream' choice to be their next manager, says chief executive Jim Rodwell.
The 43-year-old has been made caretaker boss of the Magpies, after the sacking of Keith Curle.
He will be in charge for their League One game at Stevenage tonight (7.45pm) and looks set to be in the dug-out when Notts face Crewe at Meadow Lane on Saturday.
Kiwomya has no experience of league management in his career, but he is a top qualified coach, having got his Pro Licence, and the Magpies' board hope he can be the right man to succeed Curle and lead the club into the Championship.
"He stands the very best chance because he's effectively in the hot seat," said Rodwell. "It's almost his job to lose isn't it.
"We've got great faith in Chris because he's a very well qualified coach.
"We know him very well, he's enthusiastic, he's passionate and hopefully he is the guy to steady the ship and take us forward.
"The absolute dream is that it is a long-term appointment, but that remains to be seen."
Kiwomya insists he is not even thinking about getting the job permanently, but revealed he spoke to Curle to get his blessing to take it temporarily.
"We'll just take each game as it comes," he said.
"It's a good club and there will be a lot of people in for the job, but I want to put all my efforts into the team winning the next match.
"I've got to see how the first two games go.
"It's a challenge and I'll be giving 100 per cent to do well and we'll see where it goes from there.
"It's an opportunity for me to gain some experience and I relish that.
"I spoke to Keith and he is pretty fine with it.
"He's a good guy and I wouldn't expect anything else from him.
"I get on well with Keith, he's a good footballing man and he's done a lot for the club and the players."
Curle was axed after less than a year in charge at Meadow Lane, despite Notts being just five points outside the play-offs in League One in tenth place.
He also almost led them into the play-offs last season and guided them on a record unbeaten away run of 22 games.
But Rodwell said the board still felt it was time for a change at the top.
"I just thought that recent performances have been quite stale," he said.
"We had a meeting on Sunday morning and we just felt Keith had taken us as far as he could do.
"He has worked hard at it, there is no question about that, he's been a bit unlucky at times, but we felt he had taken the team as far as he could."
He added: "Our home form this season has been nothing short of fairly awful quite frankly.
"We've done very well away from home, we've got an excellent record, which everyone can rightly be proud of.
"But I'd liked to have turned that around and had that record at home because the simple fact is we derive a lot of our income from people that come and pay to watch us. We've lost nine games at home, being dumped out of all three cup competitions with barely a whimper. I think it's obvious to everybody – it hasn't been good."
The Magpies could close the gap on the top six with victory at Broadhall Way, but Rodwell said: "I don't think we have to get into the play-offs. We're going to try and do it, but I live in the real world.
"We're tenth at the moment and Chris has got the job tonight and hopefully going forward as well.
"We'll see how we go. We just want to see a spirited performance, hopefully the players will respond."
Kiwomya says his biggest job is picking up those players shocked by Curle's dismissal.
"It will be more about picking them up because some of them will be disappointed," he said.
"It will have had an emotional effect on them because Keith was popular so it is important to get their mindset right."