Date: 7th April 2015 at 5:10pm
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Notts County have this afternoon completed negotiations with Ricardo Moniz and announced his appointment as our new manager.

Having been the hot favourite last week and everyone expecting his appointment on Monday, a change in family circumstances saw him withdraw from the role, but he has now signed on the dotted line and will be the gaffer subject to contractual clearance.

Moniz comes to us with a wealth of managerial and coaching experience and many know the name mainly from his time as skills coach at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

With Dave Kevan coming in the other week, he will now take up the role as assistant manager, and goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington and Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Edwards will continue in their current roles.

Speaking to the Official Site chairman Ray Trew offered his thanks to Acting Academy Manager Paul Hart and Head of Academy Coaching Mick Halsall for stepping up to first team duties for the last few games, and in confirming they now return to their normal roles, he welcomed the new man to the helm.

‘As I have said previously, I set out on our search for a new Manager with an open mind but with a determination to find someone who would be able to bring a new level of excitement to Notts County. I think in Ricardo we have found that because, having spoken to him at length, his footballing philosophy is one of structured attacking play, which I hope is something that our fans will buy into, because I know that when I come to Meadow Lane I want to be entertained, I want to be excited by what I see out there on the pitch.’

Trew goes on to say that obviously though results are the yardstick by which managers are judged, but he’s hoping with a more expansive style that will naturally lead to better and more consistent results.

‘If we can play the sort of football that gets people off their seats and instil in our players the desire to take games to our opponents, I think we can make a real impression in this division. Ricardo has a fantastic reputation within the game, not only for the style of football that he plays, but also his ability to spot and nurture young talent, so I am confident that his appointment will be of benefit to all levels of the club.’

Moving on to the appointment of Kevan and his return to Meadow Lane, he added.

‘In Dave I have been able to bring in someone who knows this level of football and, perhaps equally importantly, knows this football club. He`s a Notts County person and I am delighted that he agreed to return for what I feel is an exciting period ahead for the club. The new management team`s immediate goal is clear, with survival in League 1 our short-term aim obviously, but work is already underway to ensure that we have the best possible squad available to make a real impression next season.’

Moniz will meet the team for the first time on Wednesday and will begin working with them immediately ahead of the game against Yeovil Town on Saturday.

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