Notts County one of the least loyal clubs in history of English football

Notts County

They may be the oldest side in the world, but League Two Notts County are officially the least loyal club in the entire history of English football.

According to football data archive website Soccerbase, the Magpies come out bottom of the pile compared to any other club when it comes to the length of time they have given managers over the years.

Since becoming a professional outfit before any other side in world football 151 years ago this month way back in 1864, County have had a total of 57 managers take the helm at Meadow Lane.

Those bosses have enjoyed an average of just 817 days in the job, as reported by Sky Sports, which is just over two years each.

Not enough stability?

Given their lengthy history, it is a poor record of stability.

It proves that Notts County have more often that not got rid of managers without giving them sufficient time to get things right.

The club has had several spells in the top division of English football, but the most recent came 24 years ago all the way back in 1991/92 - the year before the inception of the Premier League.

Although County do have an FA Cup to their name in 1894, it is clear that their managerial policy has not led to much success on the pitch.

With a total of 13 promotions and 15 relegations, no club has moved between the divisions of the Football League more times than Notts County.

Arch rivals show the way?

Their historic arch rivals Nottingham Forest have enjoyed a much more illustrious history, with winning back-to-back European Cups their crowning glory.

And perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from their neighbours who they have a much better record when it comes to giving managers time.

On average Forest give their managers 1,257 days (nearly three-and-a-half years) in the hotseat putting them in the top 25 clubs in the history of English football when it comes to loyalty.

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