Paul Ince leaves Notts County 'by mutual consent'

Notts County are looking for their third manager of the season after the League One club parted company with Paul Ince little more than five months after he took over at Meadow Lane.

Paul Ince leaves Notts County 'by mutual consent' Ince has left by mutual consent after a run of five successive defeats left County languishing in 19th place, two points above the relegation zone.

The former England international had been given the task of turning County into play-off contenders when he replaced Craig Short as manager. Short was surprisingly sacked after less than five months and 13 league matches in charge, with the club in 16th place. Ince led County into the fourth round of the FA Cup, where they earned a lucrative replay at Manchester City before losing 5-0, but the team struggled in the league.

Ray Trew, the County chairman, called a board meeting after the 2-0 home defeat against Oldham Athletic on Saturday and County are now looking for their seventh manager in 17 months. "It was with a heavy heart that the board of directors called a meeting in the aftermath of our defeat to Oldham," said Trew. "However, the recent run of results, which saw us win just once in March, meant that we were all in agreement that we had to address the situation."

Carl Heggs, the club's head scout, will take charge of the team for tomorrow night's game against Rochdale as the Meadow Lane board steps up its search for a permanent successor to Ince.

Powered by article was written by Stuart James, for The Guardian on Sunday 3rd April 2011 22.47 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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