Keith Curle relieved of duties by Notts County following slump in form

Notts County can confirm that Manager Keith Curle has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

Curle, who took over at Meadow Lane in February of last year, was informed of the decision by Chairman Ray Trew on Sunday afternoon, in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool United.

Notts have won just two of their last 11 games in all competitions, a run that has seen them drop to 10th in the npower League 1 table, five points off the play-off places and Mr Trew felt that a change had to be made, with Curle and first team coaches Colin Lee and Colin West relieved of their duties.

“This obviously is not a decision that we have taken lightly and certainly not one that I have taken any pleasure in reaching, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Keith Curle both as a man and a manager,” explained the Notts Chairman.

“Since Keith first came in, just under a year ago, we, as a Board, have backed him to bring in the players that he felt could move Notts County on to the next level and felt that he assembled a squad capable of challenging for promotion this season.

“However, recent displays have unfortunately not lived up to expectations and our poor disciplinary record this season has only further hampered our progress,” he added.

“Attendances at Meadow Lane have dropped in recent weeks and this has made this as business decision as much as a footballing one, because fans are obviously key to the club and their support is essential.

“I would like to thank Keith, as well as Colin Lee and Colin West for all of their hard work and effort over the past year, there have been plenty of highs to enjoy in that time but there comes a time when we, as a Board, have to consider what we feel is best for the future of the club.”