Charlie's back

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 18 October 2007
Then... McParland as a player at Notts
McParland has agreed a one year rolling contract and is a popular choice amongst the fans who remember him as a talented and enthusiastic winger during Notts' heyday under Jimmy Sirrel in the 80s.

Held in the highest regard as a player, McParland must now do the same as boss as Notts strive to achieve promotion from League Two, despite currently sitting in nineteenth.

Thompson was fired after sixteen months in charge as the Board believed he should be making a playoff place so the pressure is on.

McParland's previous managerial experience amounts to a long spell as Nottingham Forest Reserve team boss before stepping in to manage the first team on a temporary basis after the sacking of Gary Megson.

Alongside Frank Barlow McParland took Forest to the brink of the League One playoffs and was named Manager of the Month aswell as instigating a ten match unbeaten run which included six straight wins.

The 46-year-old Scot is said to have been in the Board's minds immediately
Now... When a coach with Forest
despite names such as Martin Allen, Brian Little and Keith Alexander being mentioned.

McParland applied for the same role when Thompson was appointed last time but has kept in close touch at Meadow Lane and has been spotted watching from the Derek Pavis Stand in recent weeks.

He will be thrusted in charge of the charge ahead of Saturday's vital derby clash at Mansfield Town with John Gannon also levaing the club today.

NCM would like McParland to wish him all the best in his role, and have more reaction to follow.

Notts. County Match Reports

Sky Bet League Two Sat 9th December 15:00

Luton Town 1 - 1 Notts County

Last game - Match Centre


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