Notts County's next boss to be told: "Get us into the Championship"
NOTTS County's next boss will be told one thing: "Get us into the Championship!"
The Magpies are looking to appoint a new manager, after sacking Keith Curle.
And the club's chief executive Jim Rodwell said: "We need to get promoted into the Championship sooner rather than later.
"Everybody in this division has that aspiration and a lot of teams throw a lot of money at it.
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"We need to get a settled team and a settled manager.
"There is an awful lot we have to do, but we have to do it in a sustained way."
The Magpies only missed out on the play-offs in League One on goal-difference last season under Curle and still hope to challenge for the top-six again this year.
But Rodwell says it will never be easy to win promotion because they don't have the cash to blow away their rivals.
"When we won League Two we had the biggest budget in that division, but we are never going to be in that position in League One," he added.
"That is not to say you can't get promoted – just look at Tranmere, who are up there.
"They are the best team we have played here this season and they do it on a budget that is less than half of ours, so anything is possible."
After leading Notts to a seventh-placed finish last season, Notts were tenth when Curle was axed.
"We want to improve, that is all we want to see," added Rodwell.
"The problem is Keith did so well last season that progression, even a little bit, means finishing in the play-offs, which was always a tall order.
"There's more than six teams in this division who spend more money than we do so we've effectively got to overachieve."