Notts County: Players ready to give their all for caretaker boss Chris Kiwomya
NOTTS County players are ready to give their all for caretaker boss Chris Kiwomya.
That's the message from the most experienced player in the dressing room at Meadow Lane – Gavin Mahon.
The midfielder is the first player to talk about the shock sacking of Keith Curle five days ago, which has led to Kiwomya being put in temporary charge of the Magpies.
Curle was axed, despite Notts being in tenth place in League One and still in the race for the play-offs – and Mahon says the players let him down.
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"We're the reason he lost his job," he said. "We have got to take responsibility for it.
"His record must be up there with the best, but there were still games we should have won that we didn't.
"You don't realise it at the time, but when you think about it now you realise he has gone because of us.
"Everyone always gives 100 per cent when they go out on the pitch, but there are games we should have killed off, games we shouldn't have lost and games we have been sloppy as a team and that has cost Keith his job."
Curle said goodbye to the players at Meadow Lane on Monday afternoon before leaving the club – and Notts then lost 2-0 at Stevenage in Kiwomya's first game in the dug-out the following night.
They now face Crewe at home tomorrow (3pm) and Mahon says every player will give 100 per cent for Kiwomya – and none of them are sulking over Curle's dismissal.
"That's not the case," he said.
"That's the one thing about this group of players – we are all professional about what we do and we will give everything.
"People will be watching this club now because of what has happened."
Notts have lost six times on home soil in 14 league games this season and Mahon believes they will only finish in the top-six if they drastically improve their results at Meadow Lane.
"We need to start picking up our form at home – that's the key," he said.
"It was our home form that let the gaffer down because our away record was up there with the best of them.
"It's up to us to get a run going at home and get the fans back to start driving us on, because that is what we need."