Final thought - Is it really time to believe?

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 21 January 2008
NCM's exclusive two-part interview with Notts boss Ian McParland was greeted with a lot of opinion on the ever-expanding and thriving NCM messageboard.

The debate raged and there was mixed feelings about the answers given by
McParland... Passionate
the Scotsman.

Many agreed that it was time to unite behind McParland and his team, despite Notts having won just four of his sixteen games in charge before Saturday, a run which had the Magpies just four points above safety having played a game more than Mansfield in 23rd.

Many disagreed, citing the above as an example of McParland and the teams abjectness.

But for NCM the interview gave off more than perhaps what was said. McParland answered the questions before him in an efficient manner, and a manner which suggested total optimism.

He said, along with assistant manager Dave Kevan, that the club would be turned around, and that they were desperate for success.

They weren't stupid, they realise the tough job presented to them, but it is obvious they relish it. Their passion, enthusiasm and capabilities are there for all to see.

In Kevan, Notts have a coach with a fantastic CV, one who Championship Burnley were desperate to keep, but someone who still wanted to take a pay cut and drop two divisions for the challenge here at Meadow Lane.

In McParland you won't find anybody who works as hard for the cause - that was plain to see sitting in his office on Tuesday.

Strachan... Looks a good invesment
And his eye for a player is clearly there. You only have to look at Krystian Pearce for that. Although Craig Lindfield wasn't consistent, he too showed good signs, and Gavin Strachan has slotted in neatly.

Leaving his office following Tuesday's interview, myself and fellow NCM editor Gary Moss agreed that everything was looking a lot more positive than when we made our way down to Meadow Lane.

We weren't blinkered - I myself have been critical of McParland's team selection and tatics before - and we asked the right questions, but the response, and the sheer passion of the management team impressed vigorously.

And so we launched the 'time to believe' campaign.

It couldn't have started any better...