Notts County cannot stay out of the headlines
If you stand outside Meadow Lane and look closely enough at the stands you can see the places where the old club badge used to hang. The new design has not replaced them yet.
Notts County are undoubtedly a club in flux at the moment. Their identity has changed but it is less clear who they now are.
The decision to part company with manager Ian McParland on Monday after 12 games of the League Two season is the latest illustration of a club going through a dramatic and headline-grabbing metamorphosis since their takeover by Munto Finance.
McParland has been sacked with his team in fifth in the table
McParland had been in charge for almost two years and presided over more than 100 games in charge.
He was popular with the County fans, who chanted his name during Sunday's match against Torquay, but he belonged to the previous era, when the club laboured at the bottom end of the table.
County's profile has gone through the roof since news of the takeover emerged and they have rarely been out of the headlines.
Mystery has surrounded the identity of the people behind Munto Finance, a private overseas investment trust that took over at the club in June. The Football League still want additional questions answered about the takeover and County are this week expected to supply the required paperwork.
But it was the appointment of Sven-Goran Eriksson in July that really took the breath away. Was it a spectacular coup by County or a measure of the Swede's fall from grace? Perhaps a bit of both.
It has all served to turn the club into something of a soap opera. Rarely a week goes by without the latest rumours about the identity of the new owners, the international stars the club are set to sign or the imminent dismissal of the manager.
McParland dealt with dignity and defiance to the inevitable avalanche of questions about his future that followed the arrival of Eriksson but there was always the suspicion that he was on borrowed time.
Even so, executive chairman Peter Trembling only last week denied McParland's position was under threat. The likes of David Platt and Iain Dowie had been linked with the club.
The fact that County were booed from the field after Sunday's 2-2 draw with struggling Torquay obviously persuaded the decision-makers that it was time to make a change. But they have sacked a manager when his team are fifth in the table - how do you justify that?
The intriguing question now surrounds whether Eriksson will take over as manager. It would be a remarkable appointment for a club with big ambitions but a lowly status.
Eriksson arrived at Notts County to a blizzard of media interest
One of the talking points surrounding Sunday's match was a story in the News of the World suggesting that Eriksson was considering walking out on the club. Eriksson is apparently also wanted to rescue Sweden's ailing bid to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.
One journalist who had covered the Magpies for several years told me that you could tell when the Swede was taking his seat at Meadow Lane because all the fans in the surrounding area turned around to stare at him. Perhaps they still cannot quite believe he is at their club.
The Swede was at Sunday's match and denied that he was about to leave the Magpies. Trembling talked of the plans he has been putting in place with Eriksson, one involving a business trip abroad, and added that was hardly the actions of a man about to quit.
The fans chanted the names of Eriksson and Trembling during the match, with the Swede obligingly acknowledging them with a wave of the arm.
But then, the Magpies are used to a bit of turbulence, it's just that it doesn't normally have this much coverage.
Central defender Mike Edwards is the club's longest-serving player, having been at County since May 2004. The year before his arrival Notts had been on the verge of extinction, saved by a donation of £3m from an anonymous local businessman.
The club's on-field battles since then have largely been restricted to the wrong end of the League Two table and Edwards will soon be on his sixth manager.
"I have re-signed contracts twice now and this investment is what I have been waiting for because I have seen the potential here," Edwards told me in the tunnel after Sunday's match.
I can see what he means. Meadow Lane is a decent all-seater stadium with good facilities and an excellent playing surface. It is a base from which the club can grow.
Last season, apparently, you'd be able to park your car in the road right outside the stadium. Not so on Sunday. County gave away several thousand free tickets in an attempt to boost attendance and 8,812 made their way to Meadow Lane despite the unusual 1715 GMT kick-off time on a Sunday evening.
County's average attendance has been on the wrong side of 5,000 for several seasons but they currently average more than 8,000 across their six home League Two fixtures so far.
But whoever takes over will have to improve on Sunday's second-half showing if they want the fans to keep coming back. County were brilliant in the first half, racing into a 2-0 lead and creating enough chances to ensure lowly Torquay could become the third side to concede five goals at Meadow Lane this season.
Campbell might have gone but County have plenty of quality for League Two. Lee Hughes, Ben Davies, Luke Rodgers, Matt Ritchie, Johnnie Jackson, record signing Kasper Schmeichel - these are all players who should be at a higher level and for a while it showed. The County fans sang that it was just like watching Juve.
But Torquay, second bottom in the table and a world away from County in financial terms, pulled a goal back before the break. The Magpies' free-flowing football disappeared in the second half and the Gulls snatched a well-earned equaliser.
The fans dissatisfaction at the final whistle on Sunday tells you how quickly expectations have grown at the club.
It is a point not lost on Edwards.
"We expect to win every game," said the defender. "We now have got the quality to take County forward. You can see how training has really stepped up and speaking personally it is great to be in amongst it."
It was Edwards who lost his place when Campbell made his only appearance for County. It makes me wonder whether he too might eventually end up a victim of County's ambition.
"We are concentrating on what happens on the pitch, I leave all the other stuff alone that is going in the papers," added Edwards, who was on holiday in the Caribbean when he first heard rumours of the takeover.
"I know it is frustrating for the chairman but we are not involved in that side of it and want to be judged by our football."
In those terms County, four points adrift of top spot, aren't doing too bad and it is difficult to not feel sorry for McParland. Ask any manager and they will tell you it takes time to mould together so many new players and create a team from a set of individuals.
County have been very strong at home, slightly brittle away. It really wouldn't be a big surprise if a squad with County's strength won promotion. Nothing less would be seen as a failure.
But I cannot help but wonder if it is wishful thinking to hope that what happens on the pitch will become the big story anytime soon at a club still coming to terms with its new profile.
And by sacking McParland County have ensured that they will stay in the headlines.