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Guy Branston, Roy Carroll and Liam Noble among Notts County departees

Joe Jones

Guy Branston, Notts County's head of recruitment, has left the club after 15 months on the same day as the retained players' list was released.

The 37-year-old joined as chief scout in February 2015 and has played a role in recruiting players for the struggling League Two outfit.

In terms of playing staff, the key departures include Northern Ireland international goalkeeper Roy Carroll, midfielder Liam Noble and defender Blair Adams.

The full retained list is as follows:

Out of contract, offered new contract: Wes Atkinson, Haydn Hollis, Alan Smith

Option to extend contract taken up by the club: Jordan Richards

Out of contract, released: Jordan Aghatise, Blair Adams, Jason Banton, Colby Bishop, Roy Carroll, Will Hayhurst, Taylor McKenzie, Ronan Murray, Liam Noble, Lartey Sarpong, Filip Valencic

Loans expired: Andrew Boyce

Under contract: Stanley Aborah, Mawouna Amevor, Thierry Audel, Scot Bennett, Graham Burke, Adam Campbell, Kyle De Silva, Elliott Hewitt, Scott Loach, Izale McLeod, Rob Milsom, Rhys Sharpe, Genaro Snijders, Jon Stead, Curtis Thompson

Apprentices offered professional contract: Montel Gibson, Jack McMillan, Luther Wildin

Apprentices released: Paolos Beraki, Kieran Blaney, Benjamin Browne, Kenan Layton, Monty Parkes, Jake Payling

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Of all the names in the above list that are exiting the club, I have to say that Branston is the one I'm most pleased about.

The last fifteen months have seen a completely unnecessary relegation, an importation of some twenty-one players of varying skill and, for the most part, dubious mental strength, resulting in such a disappointing league campaign.

I'm not inferring that all of this is Branston's fault but, as chief scout, he has to be jettisoned for his part in the failure.

Notts must be careful when it comes to appointing their next main scout. The club need to learn from the disastrous mistakes made, especially as money, as the song goes, too tight to mention.

However this matter has concluded itself, the club has made the first step in halting the decline. Notts have done good business in ridding themselves of a turd.

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The list largely makes sense for the right reasons - there are a couple of surprises, no major shocks but this said I am pleased Blair Adams is no longer a Notts player. He just never did anything, plus he always managed to find his way into the selection, I just hope for better next time.

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Surprised at Noble TBH, thought he was half decent. On recruitment, two ex Millers have been released from Oxford that may interest Notts, namely Jordan Bowery & Johnny Mullins.

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