Ex-Spurs coach Ricardo Moniz takes over at Notts County

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The former Tottenham coach is faced with a daunting task at Meadow Lane.

Notts County's new manager Ricardo Moniz is someone that will be familiar to fans of Tottenham.

With his appointment being announced by Notts County chairman Ray Trew on Monday night, it is worth noting that the Dutchman spent three years at White Hart Lane alongside Martin Jol, acting as the club's skills coach, a position that should fill County fans with some excitement even if it may not be the right tools to get them out of a League One relegation scrap.

But, after leaving North London the year after Jol was dismissed, the former PSV defender joined the big Dutchman at Hamburg, performing a similar technical role that he had at Spurs while also taking in a spell as caretaker manager.

Being a protege of skills training guru Wiel Coerver, Moniz helped implement a style of coaching that emphasised technical ability over tactical.

And it is that philosophy that has gotten Trew excited as he signed Moniz to a three-year contract, with the Magpies one point off safety and without a win in seven.

"Ricardo has a fantastic reputation, not only for the style of football he plays, but also his ability to spot and nurture young talent," Trew is quoted as saying on BBC Sport.

"In Ricardo we have found that because, having spoken to him at length, his footballing philosophy is one of structured attacking play, which I hope is something that our fans will buy in to.

"I know that when I come to Meadow Lane I want to be entertained, I want to be excited by what I see out there on the pitch."

Eventually Moniz would move into the position of manager at a succession of clubs, but it was his first proper appointment in 2011 that will really be of interest to those curious about the 50-year-old.

Moniz made history in that debut management role when he became the first boss in the history of the Austrian Bundesliga to win the league and cup double, all in his sole season with Red Bull Salzburg.

He then went on to spells in Hungary, Poland and back in Germany with 1860 Munich, before winding up back in England, at Notts County, the oldest professional football club in the world.

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