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Mark Cooper promises clean slate and entertaining football at Notts County

Joe Jones

New Notts County manager Mark Cooper has called for unity at Meadow Lane and has said out-of-favour midfielder Stanley Aborah has a future at the club.

In addition the former Swindon Town boss has pledged to get his new side playing entertaining, attacking football in a bid to get Magpie fans loving their side again.

Cooper gave his first press conference as Notts manager on Monday following a fast-moving 24 hours at the club, which saw Jamie Fullarton sacked after 70 days on Saturday and Cooper brought in on the Sunday.

The 47-year-old told reporters: "I'm just going to try to bring a bit of stability, a bit of unity to the place and try to put a few smiles on faces.

"The first thing is we try to take the reins off the players a little bit, we try and attack, try and entertain people, get people off their seats.

"If you can get players playing with a smile on their face, I'm a big believer it gives you more of a chance.

"I certainly like to play entertaining football and score goals and have a go at the opposition rather than setting up not to get beat.

 "That's the preferred way of playing (like Swindon), but you have to find a way that is suitable to the players at your disposal.

"If I had my choice that's the way I want to play, but we have to do what's best to get results.

"If we can do it that way, then great. It takes a lot of work, but that's certainly what we are aiming for in the long run.

"From what I saw in the two games I've seen them, there are some very good players in the forward areas, but it's a little bit shaky defensively.

"That doesn't mean we put all men behind the ball, it can mean we can put more men forward but have some control.

"But there is some talent here for certain. If we get everybody singing from the same hymn sheet we will be fine."

Moving onto team selection, namely the inclusion of Stanley Aborah, whose public fallout with Fullarton and the club further alienated Notts fans, Cooper added: "We need everybody behind the club and the players to make sure it is a really good end to the season.

"I have had a chat with Stan. On both parts maybe the situation could have been dealt with differently. But I want to put as many good players as I can in the team.

"Stan comes into the reckoning as much as anybody. He is a good footballer and if he can help then he will play."

Cooper's first game in charge of Notts takes place on Good Friday, a League Two clash away at Portsmouth.

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He came over very well, I like the fact he took time to reflect on certain things and include the history/value that the club has. It's got that 'feel' good factor - I hope he enjoys managing us because we are desperate to find someone who understand how the fans want the club to play.

Get the gates back up and hopefully that 'stability' he mentions comes.

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