Craig Short has been announced as the new manager of League One side Notts County. Short had been manager of Hungarian side Ferencváros before being appointed the successor to Steve Cotterill.
The move represents a return to Meadow Lane as Craig played for the midlands club in the early stages of his playing career. He made 128 league appearances in three years for the Magpies before moving to Derby for £2.5 million in 1992.
Notts County go into League One as current champions of League Two but have financial troubles to deal with after the fallout of the Munto Finance reign as owners.
Craig Short had a successful spell as manager of Ferencváros after taking up the post last November and leading then to a 7th placed finish in NB I in the club’s first season back into the top tier. His reign had the notable feat of only three defeats in the league after the winter break. Craig resigned from his position at FTC after the Hungarian season had finished as he didn’t have a UEFA pro licence required to carry on in his job. He also highlighted the difficulty of being away from his two daughters over the previous 22 months (he was a coach at the club before becoming manager) who stayed back home in England.
“I’m a little bit shocked to be honest, having seen some of the names that have been linked with the job,” Short explained on being given the job.
“I actually rang Derek Pavis (a former Notts County owner) a couple of years ago, enquiring about a job here and he gave me the best piece of advice – to go and get some experience.
“I took that on board and whilst I was reluctant to go abroad to gain that experience and it would prove to be the toughest two years of my life, it has paid off because it has brought me to where I am today.
“It’s still sinking in a little bit, a lot’s changed since I was last at Meadow Lane, but I am delighted that the Chairman is prepared to give a hungry young manager a chance and I feel that I have shown the desire to succeed here.
“If I can enjoy half as much success here as a manager as I did as a player, it’s going to be a fantastic time for myself and the club.”
Notts County chairman Ray Trew stated his joy at having Short take on the challenges that face the club next season.
“In our search for a new manager we have been looking for someone who had Notts County in their heart and as soon as I met Craig it was obvious that he was an ideal candidate,” explained Trew.
“We have a fantastic team spirit at Notts and we were looking for someone who could come in and build on this, keeping the momentum of last season going to give us the best possible start to the new campaign.
“Having broken into management at Ferencváros in Hungary, Craig has already proved that he has the stomach for a challenge and I am delighted that he has agreed to step up to the task of leading Notts into League One.”
Video – Interview with new Notts County manager Craig Short
(BBC link – opens in a new window – video is at the top of the page)
The move obviously means that Craig is no longer an Englishman abroad but we would like to wish him all the best in this new chapter of his management career.
Quotes taken from the official Notts County website.