Notts County: "I can be a success," says Chris Kiwomya
CHRIS Kiwomya has publicly backed himself now he has got the top job at Notts County, saying: "I can be a success."
The 43-year-old took caretaker charge of the Magpies for a fourth game against Bury at Meadow Lane on Friday night – a game they won 4-1.
And, the next day, the club announced that Kiwomya had been handed the reins until the end of the season.
He told the Post: "I'd like to think I'd be a success in anything I have a go at.
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"There is only one way you find out – and that is by having a go and being in the hot seat."
Kiwomya admits it was hard taking over from his mate Keith Curle when he was sacked by Notts.
But he is starting to enjoy being in the hot seat now.
He added: "It has been really good. It has come in circumstances I wouldn't have wanted because I came here with Keith, but I'm grateful to be given the opportunity.
"It has really whetted my appetite for management.
"I'm enjoying the pressure of trying to do the right things.
"It's like when I was a striker – you either score the winner or miss it, you are a hero or a villain.
"I don't think I've looked out of my depth out there either."
Before Kiwomya, the Magpies have had five different permanent managers in the last three years – and the last four have all been sacked.
They are not the only club that has a bad record of firing managers, but Kiwomya insists it does not put him off.
"It's part and parcel of the game," he said.
"When I left home at 16 to go to Ipswich there were 20-odd other young players and I managed to make it through with hard work and determination.
"This is the same – if I work hard and am determined I will do OK, I know I will. I love a challenge – you've got to challenge yourself in life."