Harry Kewell working wonders at Notts County after rough start

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The fledgling manager is starting to strive once again after early struggles

It was less than a month ago that Harry Kewell was sent off in his managerial league debut for Notts County in England's League Two.

'Kewell sent off in embarrassing debut' is what the headlines screamed after his new team were thumped 5-1 by Exeter City.

At the time, Notts County had gone 16 games in all competitions without a win - with their last victory dating back to April 22.

But just as he did at previous club Crawley Town, Kewell has impressively turned the ship around and Notts County have not lost in four matches since he was sent to the stands.

In fact they have won their last two league games and their most recent result was a 3-1 win over Crawley - a scoreline that would have surely pleased Kewell after making the transfer between clubs at the end of August.

 

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"I’m very happy with the result but more happy with the performance," Kewell said after the victory.

"We stuck in there in moments when the tide was turning a little bit but then we pounced and looked compact and steady.

"I’m proud of the players because it’s been a tough week. We’ve got back-to-back wins now and we can push on."

Notts County have now lifted themselves out of the relegation zone to compile nine points in 11 games - and the improved performances have much cause for optimism at Meadow Lane. 

The transformation at Notts County has strong similarities with Kewell's 15 months tenure at Crawley - one that started off in disarray but finished with the Australian's reputation as a manager growing.

Harry Kewell Notts County

In November last year, Kewell was involved in a bust-up with Crawley Town fans following a defeat that left the club struggling in 21st position on the League Two standings.

Fast forward to the end of the season and Crawley managed to finish in mid-table - and even managed to be mentioned as promotion playoffs contenders at one point.

Many were baffled by Kewell's decision to move on after making such positive progress with Crawley - and also with Notts County's horrific start to the season before he arrived.

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But Notts County are a bigger club and it's clear Kewell has ambitions to manage at the highest level.

By proving how strong he is at overcoming adversity and turning around dire situatons, Kewell is well on his way to being a top-class manager.

And if his progression continues, it won't be long until he is talked about as a Socceroos head coach in waiting.

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