Backe Resigns as Notts County Manager

Steve Claridge by Steve Claridge / 15 December 2009, 12:24

Hans Backe has resigned as manager of Notts County after just nine games in charge at Meadow Lane. The Swede, who was assistant to County's Director of Football, Sven Goran Eriksson, at Manchester City took over from Ian McParland in October, winning just two of the seven League Two matches that he was in charge for.

However, it is not thought that the run of indifferent form was the reason for Backe's resignation and more to do with last week's takeover of the club by Peter Trembling from previous owners, Munto Finance.

The news that County will now have to search for their third manager of the season, which isn't even at the half way stage yet, will not come as welcome news to the Magpies supporters. Recent events at Meadow Lane have been more like a soap opera than a football club following the multimillion pound takeover in the summer.

The appointment of Eriksson and several big name signings, including Sol Campbell, saw County quickly installed as the favourites to run away with promotion. However, things haven't gone according to plan on or off the pitch with two managers now gone and the team ten points adrift from Rochdale at the top of the table.

The first signs of trouble came when Campbell walked out of the club and his rumoured £40,000 per week contract after playing just one game. This followed with the departure of Ian McParland and the appointment of Hans Backe only for the saga to take another twist in the past week.

Where County go from here remains to be seen but Trembling will have to move quick to calm the current storm by the River Trent and we at the Sack Race wouldn't be surprised to see Sven take full control of first team affairs.

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