Saturday is set to be County's third and final game without a gaffer. (Photo: Alexander Greensmith)
Saturday is set to be County’s third and final game without a gaffer. (Photo: Alexander Greensmith)

Notts County have named Neal Ardley as their new manager.

The 46-year-old left his previous job at AFC Wimbledon earlier this month by mutual agreement.

He will become the third manager at Meadow Lane in 14 weeks, after the departure of Kevin Nolan in August and Harry Kewell earlier this month.

The club currently sit in the relegation zone, seven points clear of bottom-of-the-table Macclesfield.

Ardley won promotion with AFC Wimbledon to League One in 2016, and spent six years at Kingsmeadow.

Notts County have had ten managers in the duration of Ardley’s previous job.

Caretaker manager Steve Chettle will stay in charge of the side ahead of this weekend’s game at Morecambe.


Notts County Supporters Club chairperson Iris Smith said: “We do seem to have a bit of a revolving door of managers.

“But with Neal’s track record, if we could get someone to stay that long at the club its wonderful. Stability, it’s something that we need.

“I’m not bothered about promotion or any high position. I just want us to stay up, otherwise we would lose our Oldest Football League Club title which is a huge part of our history.”

The ex-Don was commended by Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson for taking the club from non-league to the Football League, and winning a League One a play-off final win at Wembley in 2016.

“He is a clear thinker, a superb man-manager and a fine coach. I’ve enjoyed working with him and am absolutely certain that he will achieve even greater success in his next roles.”

<em> LISTEN: Notts County Supporters Club chair Iris Smith explains what she wants the new appointment to bring to the club. </em>

Vocal Notts County chairman Alan Hardy has been unusually quiet on recruitment following the dismissal of Australian Harry Kewell.

The club have been contacted for comment.

Who is Neal Ardley?

  • Versatile ex-professional for Wimbledon, Watford, Cardiff and Milwall
  • Could play as either a right back or right midfielder
  • Achieved a 32% win ratio as well as a play-off final winners medal as manager of AFC Wimbledon