Time for Notts County to stick together

Paul Ince, the former Notts County manager, at Meadow Lane
Paul Ince was in charge of Notts County for 29 games

"We're all going to try and stick together...Our expectation at this moment of time is stabilization," said manager Paul Ince, during his first week at Notts County in October 2010.

Six months on and Ince has left by mutual consent, and once again, Notts County are looking for a new boss.

The club have had 21 bosses, including caretaker managers, since 'Pies legend Jimmy Sirrel retired in 1987.

The longest serving during those 24 years was Neil Warnock (1989-1993), who took the club into the old division one, where they rubbed shoulders with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Perhaps that was a period when the club did stick together, but even Warnock, currently on the verge of a return to the top flight with Championship QPR, was sacked.

Number 22 is Notts County's chief scout Carl Heggs.

And although his first game in charge ended in a 2-1 home defeat against Rochdale the side gave an improved display on the recent performances and could easily have salvaged a point despite trailing 2-0 after 15 minutes.

Heggs, who has since been confirmed as manager for Saturday's crucial away game against fellow League One strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge, preferred to concentrate on the club rather than the possibility of him becoming permanent boss.

"I think this football club is far bigger than me," Heggs told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"The most important thing for this great football club is to stay in the league.

"I could throw my name in the hat and say 'I want it, I want it', but I don't think you're doing the club the justice that it deserves. I think that's a disrespect.

"As long as I'm at this football club I will work harder than anybody, and will do whatever it takes, to try and stay in this league."

Heggs' passion for the club appears undeniable.

But whether he will be in charge by the end of the season is another matter.

Chairman Ray Trew has refused to commit to retaining Heggs beyond Saturday's trip to Victoria Road.

After a run of six straight defeats, confidence among the players at Meadow Lane is at rock-bottom.

"They're just so low and have got no confidence," Heggs admitted.

But he said there were encouraging signs against Dale.

"We have to start again and take the positives into the Dagenham game."