Notts County: It's a tenth new start for Neal Bishop
NEAL Bishop is on his tenth manager in three-and-a-half years at Notts County and says: "If I hear anyone talk about a 'new start' again I think I will burst into tears!"
The Magpies' skipper was signed by Ian McParland back in July 2009 and has since played for Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Carl Heggs, Martin Allen, Keith Curle and now Chris Kiwomya is in the job.
The Magpies have won the League Two title and just missed out on the League One play-offs in two of the last three seasons as well.
Bishop is the only survivor of their title-winning team of 2010 and he said: "Ten managers doesn't add up, especially when we've won a championship and just missed out on the play-offs on goal-difference after a fantastic run at the end of last season.
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"It doesn't need me to say something's not right there."
Curle lasted the longest of all those bosses in Bishop's time at Meadow Lane, but he was still axed after less than a year.
"It's always been the same – a new manager comes in, you prove yourself, you get on, you think you're progressing and then he's out the door," added Bishop.
"It's been far too repetitive since I've been here and it is trying. To think the manager that signed me is Charlie McParland and how long ago does that seem since he was here – it's crazy."
Kiwomya is currently in caretaker charge of the first team and Bishop wants him to get the job permanently.
"It is hard to get your head round at times and it is a bit deflating," he added. "I know some of the lads are really feeling it. We all want Chris to get the job, but it's still going to be another new manager."