Shaun Derry: Notts County manager signs new contract

Notts County manager Shaun Derry
Derry was contracted to Queens Park Rangers as a player when he agreed to become Notts County player-boss

Notts County manager Shaun Derry and assistant boss Greg Abbott have signed new contracts which keep them at Meadow Lane until the end of the 2016 season.

Derry was appointed in November 2013 with the club bottom of League One, and despite a season of struggle, the Magpies avoided relegation by winning five of their last eight matches.

Chief executive Jim Rodwell said the 12-month extensions were well deserved.

"We have been delighted with their hard work," he continued.

"To achieve such a turnaround was remarkable and it's now their target to build on that this season."

Meadow Lane stability at last?
Shaun Derry became the ninth different Notts County manager since November 2009 when he was appointed in November last year. Of the other eight managers, only Keith Curle - who was in charge for 13 months (Feb 2012-Feb 2013) - managed to stay in the job for more than a year.

The Magpies have made a steady start to this campaign and are in 10th place in League One, with 14 points from their first 10 fixtures.

Rodwell added: "We have of course started well and there have been some fantastic signs for the long-term future here at Notts.

"Off the field, the pair have created a great rapport with supporters and worked tirelessly to tie down a deal with Arnold Town as our new training base."

"The board are delighted to tie the pair down for the long term."

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