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It reads rushed for me, I don't know what to make of it but Chris is calm and he puts his thoughts across well.

"Chris Kiwomya: Notts County youngsters are not ready yet"

Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya is not convinced his young players are ready for League One.


But he admits he has little choice but to put faith in teenagers such as Curtis Thompson and Romello Nangle.


He told BBC East Midlands Today: "They are not ready. But sometimes you don't know until they get on the pitch."

The club's budget has been cut by 30% and experienced players, including midfielders Neal Bishop, Alan Judge and Jeff Hughes, left this summer.

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There are bigger teams than ourselves with bigger budgets, and that can get you better players, but once we cross the line we have to find a way of winning games.

Chris Kiwomya Notts County manager


Defender Hayden Hollis, 20, is the oldest of a host of emerging players who recently signed contracts to stay with the Meadow Lane club.

Nangle, 18, made seven appearances and scored once, while the 19-year-olds Tyrell Waite, Greg Tempest and Thompson also featured under Kiwomya last term.


Goalkeeper Fabian Spiess , 19, who also came through the club's youth academy, was given a run in the side when Bartosz Bialkowski was sidelined with injury.


Notts finished 12th, nine points off the play-offs, last term after getting off to a strong start under then-manager Keith Curle.


His side missed out on a play-off spot on goal difference in the 2011/12 season, but the former Manchester City, Wolves and England defender was sacked when County dropped to 10th in the league and five points off the play-off places in February.


Kiwomya was promoted from development squad manager to caretaker boss after Curle's departure and signed a three-year deal in March.


The 43-year-old won five, drew seven and lost five of his 17 games in charge last season, with his first full campaign at the helm of the Meadow Lane outfit starting at Sheffield United on Friday (19:45 BST).


Kiwomya expects the young Magpies to grow in stature as first-team responsibility is thrust on them.


"I think once they play games they will become better players, but they need to show commitment first," he said.


"It is up to the players to go out there and have commitment, work hard for the team and give 100% - that is all you can ask."


Kiwomya is convinced he has struck a good balance of youth with experience in the transfer market.


Ex-Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town striker Danny Haynes, Mark Fotheringham, David Bell, Mustapha Dumbuya and Andy Howarth joined the club in the summer.


"I trust in the players that I've got in the squad," Kiwomya said.


"There are bigger teams than ourselves with bigger budgets, and that can get you better players, but once we cross the line we have to find a way of winning games."

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I don't hear Chris say anything about the youngsters not being good enough, the interview is one of my pet hates. He makes me cringe.

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CK is very positive with his comments.He is also being protective towards the younger players and deflecting some of the expectation.Very well handled by CK.Interviewers always try to create something from the most innocent of comments.What I interpret as CK's meaning with regards the youngsters is that he would prefer not to have to throw them all in together but give them a bit more time to develop but give them a bit of 1st team play now and again.He does say that he has faith in all his staff,though.

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i agree with joe, is that colin hazlewood? im not sure the guys name, not keen on him tho.

chris does fine, its not negative and he wouldn't feature them if they was not ready. first team wise they need to step up and this is to be expected, i think we will see some competition from them.

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It does seem abit like hes trying to explain why theres a shortage of players and why they've brought in youngsters he doesn't feel are ready. You never know with confidence and encouragement they will do much better than he may think.

I think it seems abit negative and he should stick with being positive towards all staff and players to get the best out of them.


I hope we will do our best as the team grows and gets on better together as obviously alot of players are new to our team.

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I'm sure he's confident none the less.

It's for the players to prove themselves and only time will tell, this year will be a great confidence and character building exercise for the whole squad. The younger, pro players can step up and make a difference. They will cut the mustard at this level, I really see Greg being great cover. Waite and Nangle are optional forwards, if we need to try things at least we have variety.

Goodluck to them.

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