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  1. Richard Thomas has spoken of how important it is for Notts County's players to not only recuperate after the rigours of last season but also to begin getting back into the swing of things in early June. The Magpies saw their season prolonged due to the playoffs and are set to report back to training in three weeks' time. “First thing is to rest and recuperate,” assistant manager Thomas told the official website. “Get yourself some mental space, just relax, switch off and spend time with family and friends. “Early June is the time to start ticking over so you don’t lose everything. “We don’t want players coming back thinking you get fit in pre-season - you should come back and hit the ground running.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  2. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has described Dan Jones's new contract as "great business for the club". The left-back put pen to paper on a two-year deal on Wednesday, joining goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons and defender Pierce Bird in committing his future to the club. Jones was impressive towards the end of last season and ended the campaign with four goals, and Thomas praised him for his attitude and skills. “We’re delighted DJ will be with us again next year," he told the Nottingham Post. "He's fantastic to work with on a daily basis and is constantly looking to improve, which is all you can ask of any player. "With the attacking threat he poses down our left, aligned with the goals and assists he brings, this is great business for the club." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  3. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas is confident that Kristian Dennis's arrival at Meadow Lane means "a lot more goals walking through the door". The Magpies had a bid rejected for the forward on Tuesday, but followed it up with an improved offer believed to be £150,000 which was enough to seal the deal. Dennis, who scored 21 goals for the relegated Spireites, has signed a three-year contract at Meadow Lane in the club's biggest spend since the arrival of Izale McLeod from Crawley Town in 2015. “Kristian brings goals – and that’s what everybody’s craving,” Thomas told the Nottingham Post. “It’s the hardest thing in the game to do, but he does it very successfully. “He’s a threat in and around the box – that’s where he’ll do most of his work. He’s a very good signing and hopefully it’s a lot more goals walking through the door.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  4. Dan Jones has given his thoughts on Notts County's 4-1 win over Yeovil Town, the remarkable own goal scored by Glovers defender Tom James, the League Two playoff tilt and the atmosphere in the Notts camp. The full-back opened the scoring for the Magpies late in the first half of Saturday's game at Meadow Lane, before James's woefully miscued back-facing clearance doubled the hosts' lead. Elliott Hewitt and Lewis Alessandra added further gloss to the scoreline, with the final goal of the game netted by Yeovil's Alex Fisher as a consolation. The result sealed a playoff place for Notts, while automatic promotion as per a top-three finish remains more than plausible. The playoffs “It is great to be in the playoffs, but we’re going a game at a time. We can only look after ourselves and keep winning. “It’s nice to be part of a successful team - we have done really well. But we haven’t really thought about the playoffs yet. “It’s another win and we keep the momentum going. We can only look after ourselves.” The own goal “I had the free kick first and if the lad in the wall wasn’t eight foot tall that was going in. “But for the goal (Richard Thomas, assistant manager) has told me to get in those positions and get strikes off. “Luckily it came off and then I don’t think I’ve seen an own goal like that. “It was a mad one really and it was just our day really. “He’s done well to get back in to cut the pass out but he’s put it in the top corner so what can you say?” The atmosphere in the Notts camp “An air of confidence has come back. “Training has been good, bubbly, sharp and intense. Everyone is smiling and we’re looking like we were at the beginning of the season. “I love playing for the gaffer, the coaching staff and the boys. It’s a feel-good place with no negativity.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  5. Leyton Orient midfielder Charley Barker will reportedly play in a friendly match for Notts County on Tuesday, according to Gloucestershire Live. The 19-year-old recently spent time on trial at Cheltenham Town, making three appearances for their reserve team. According to the local outlet, Barker is unlikely to feature in the Robins' Central League fixture at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, with County keen to have a look at him. Barker is on the books of the National League side as a third year scholar, but is believed to be attracting interest from several Football League clubs. Orient boss Justin Edinburgh is quoted by Gloucestershire Live as saying: “Charley has been made aware he will not be getting a pro deal at Leyton Orient. "So what we are trying to do is give him and others an opportunity to get ahead of the game and try to secure themselves a contract elsewhere." Magpies boss Kevin Nolan spent time in charge of Orient in 2016 and his assistant Richard Thomas was Barker's youth team coach at the East London club. Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  6. Kevin Nolan has spoken of the virus which is currently plaguing the Notts County setup and is hoping that it will clear up in the next week or two. A number of players have been suffering with the bug as Elliott Hewitt missed the games against Swansea City and Barnet. Alan Smith and Lewis Alessandra, meanwhile, both sat out the trip to the Hive, and Nolan has acknowledged that it's "going through the whole club" at present. "I've not been feeling great myself and Richard Thomas has been the same," Nolan told the official club site on Monday ahead of the Carlisle United fixture. "The kit man, the PA and the psychologist have all had it, so it's going through the whole club at the minute. "Every 24 hours we're getting two players back but losing another two! "It's unfortunate that this bug has surfaced when we're spending a lot of time with one another on the coach and at hotels. "It's hit us harder than if we were playing Saturday-to-Saturday or at home because I would have been able to give the lads some time away from each other. "We're hopeful we can get over it in the next week or two and have a fully-fit squad again." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  7. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has confirmed that goalkeeper Adam Collin has returned to full training. The 33-year-old has been sidelined for two months after suffering ligament damage in October's 2-1 win over Barnet. Collin limped off in the second half of the match after taking a blow to the knee and was replaced by Ross Fitzsimons, who has done an admirable job in between the sticks ever since. However, Notts have been boosted by their first-choice keeper's return to fitness, although Thomas suggested that he won't be rushed back into action just yet. “Adam is back to full training now,” Thomas told the Nottingham Post. “We are managing his load in the sessions when we are taking him out momentarily. We’ve just got to manage him back in now. “It’s aerobic fitness that’s important rather than the knee so much because fitness can fall off when you are out injured. “It’s just that side of it but he’s moving well. He looks like he’s never been away if I am honest. The lads are clearly pleased to have him back around the place so it’s all good.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has urged caution against a Cambridge United who come to Meadow Lane in poor form. The U's, managed by former Magpies boss Shaun Derry, come into this weekend's match 13th in the table on the back of three straight defeats. Thomas, however, believes Cambridge's bad form has been more a case of bad luck and missing key players, but expects them to be more dangerous than their current status. "I've been to watch Cambridge a couple of times this season and they're a really good side," Thomas told the official Notts site. "I think their league position belies what they offer. "They might have underachieved, but with Cambridge I think it's to do with availability of key players through suspension or injury. "It looks like they haven't been able to put out their top individuals consistently, which is why they might have stumbled to this point. "But we're only halfway and they're absolutely a team that can put a good run together post-Christmas and be right up there. "There are no doubts about what they can do but, after their recent results, they might come here and look to protect and keep the game tight. "They might also come right out of the blocks and get at us. You've got to prepare for every eventuality." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan, assistant Richard Thomas and coach Mark Crossley observed a Nottingham Panthers training session today and sat down for a chat with head coach Corey Neilson. The Nottingham Post reports that Thomas had been keen to take in a Panthers practice after coming to watch a game with Crossley earlier this season. Neilson, Nolan and the Notts coaches spoke at length about coaching methods, similarities between ice hockey and footbal, and more. “I had a nice chat to them. We spoke for about an hour in my office after the training session,” Neilson told the Post. “We spoke about the two sports and where they overlap when it comes to philosophies and tactics, just coaching stuff really. “It was fun. They have great minds and some really great questions. “It’s always good to share ideas and you’re foolish if you aren’t learning all the time in this business. You can learn from anyone. “It’s not just about your sport. You can learn from all sports and they had good insights on things like motivation, training and recovery.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  10. Richard Thomas has claimed that his family have played a big part in his development as a coach. The Notts County assistant manager has been a crucial element of Kevin Nolan's side's progress from League Two relegation strugglers to promotion hopefuls. When asked about who has inspired him, Thomas told the Nottingham Post: “It’s not about one person or one big name manager for me, anybody and anyone can give me something that I can take into practice. “My brother and sister-in-law are both PE teachers, my other sister is a teacher and they are educators of people. “My dad is a coach so it’s sort of a family thing. I will lean on them and listening to how they talk and what they say not in their practices maybe, but when we discuss work I will take from them as much as they can give me. “Whether it’s one little nugget of information I can use on a regular basis, I will take that as much as watching your Klopps, your Mourinhos, your Guardiolas and the world’s best. “You draw on your own experiences. I played marginally above pub level, but there are managers there that bring so many good values over the course of 19-20 years I’ve been coaching. “But I was learning things from the under-9s coach at Orient when I was academy manager. It was fantastic. “He may have been on a course, or got his own mannerisms, which I look at and go ‘that’s a great trait, I am taking that one’. “I don’t care who it comes from. If it helps me which indirectly helps the players then directly helps the club, then it doesn’t matter where the information comes from. “Look at the boss (Alan Hardy) in his business field. He’s a great example. I must be able to learn something from him. He may not see it that way in terms of coaching. “But there must be something he does in his business structure that works on the coaching field, or helps me with my week. “If it can make you half-a-percent better then those marginal gains are all important.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has stressed that the club's players and staff have not forgotten last season's hammering at Stevenage and will be eager to put things right tomorrow. On 4 March 2017, the Magpies travelled to Broadhall way and were beaten 3-0, with Matt Godden bagging a brace in a result that kept the visitors just five points from the drop zone. Notts are an entirely different proposition this season, currently sitting top of the table, but Thomas insists the heavy beating there has not been forgotten and hopes his players will put in a performance to make up for it. "We were walloped 3-0 down there last season and we've not forgotten that," Thomas told the Nottingham Post. "We want to get a bit closer to them this time around. "I know Darren Sarll well, we've been friends for a long time. He will want to combine unbelievable hard work with good football, which is not a good combination to come up against. "We've watched plenty of footage and I know they're a good side with plenty of threats." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. Alan Hardy has revealed that he was more excited about Kevin Nolan winning September's League Two Manager of the Month award than the man himself was. The Notts County boss was rewarded for a near-perfect September, with six wins out of seven and an ascent to the top of the table, with the EFL accolade. As well as praising Nolan's humility and selflessness, Hardy also gave an insight into some of the gaffer's managing techniques. Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post: "I think I was more excited than he was about this outstanding achievement which was just reward for the team’s magnificent form throughout September. "Picking up the phone I resembled a kid at Christmas, but he was very clear in that he only wanted to talk about winning things in May and not in October. "While we are the league leaders, the gaffer is eager for everybody to keep their feet on the ground. "He will ensure that everybody remains measured and, while the plaudits keep on coming, he will not allow it to go to anybody’s head. "What I find fascinating about his work is that he takes games in blocks and sets himself targets. "He is very logical in the way he looks at things and constantly measures whether they are above his target for the blocks of games he has grouped together. "He doesn’t just do that with points either, but also clean sheets, goals scored and the number conceded. "He is so meticulous in his preparations and everybody is absolutely delighted with the way we have started the season under his leadership. "He deserves his recognition, but what I love about him the most is the way he deflects praise on to the wider team. "He always says it’s not just about him, but about the assistant manager Richard Thomas, coach Mark Crossley, the medical staff and, crucially, the players." To read the full column on the Nottingham Post, click here. Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  13. Notts County manager Kevin Nolan and assistant Richard Thomas have given their reaction to the pre-season friendlies against Carlton Town and York City. In the local friendly, overseen by Nolan, the hosts took a first-half lead through Robbie McNicholas but Jon Stead equalised from the penalty spot. At Bootham Crescent, meanwhile, Pierce Bird struck late on to give the Thomas's Magpies squad the win after Liam Walker and Jon Parkin had the game on a knife edge. Nolan told the official website: "All in all I am delighted to have got another 90 minutes into the lads' legs because they needed it. It was a good test for us. "Fair play to Carlton. They have a set of principles and they stick to them. They are well-disciplined and were well worthy of what they got from the game. "When we started doing the basic stuff right it made us look a lot more dangerous and we probably should have had another penalty. "It's put a lot of thoughts into my head which we can work on during the next week to make sure we are ready and raring to go at Coventry." Thomas, meanwhile, said: "The lads showed great character to respond with a goal - a fantastic goal as well after a great delivery from Liam Walker. "It shows we've got good grit and determination - we'll go for the entire game and we're not going to give up. I'm sure that will help us be successful over the course of the season. "It was a very good workout against stiff oppostion and we created so many opportunities. "We've still got to work on certain aspects and that will continue right through the season. That's the way the manager and I are - we're always going to strive for improvement." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  14. Michael O'Connor will be shadowing Notts County manager Kevin Nolan and the other coaches to gain knowledge and experience ahead of doing his UEFA A Licence next year. The Magpies captain is currently out of action as he recovers from a serious knee injury suffered earlier this year at the hands of Portsmouth. He has not put a timescale on his recovery, as it still appears to be a lengthy road back, but in the meantime, he will also be gaining valuable information about the coaching side of the game. O'Connor told the official Notts website: "I'm going to shadow the gaffer, Mark Crossley and Richard Thomas for a while. "I'm going to do my A Licence next year, so I'll try and learn as much as possible from them. "The gaffer wants me to go and watch some matches for him when I can drive. He's trying to keep me involved as much as possible, which is good." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. We at Pride of Nottingham want you to enjoy all our content for free. If you fancy helping us provide even better content, however, please consider contributing to PON by clicking here!
  15. Notts County assistant manager Richard Thomas has declared himself satisfied with the team's 6-0 win over the Rolls Royce Leisure Select XI on Saturday. He told the official site: "It's a good start by the boys. They showed a lot of what we've been looking for in the first 10 days of training. "The most important thing is the minutes in their legs. Everyone came through - no injuries - so it was a positive first game. I thought they (the trialists) did well, considering some of them have only been working with us for a few days. "Each and every one of them showed why we've got them in. Some stood out slightly more than others - maybe because of the way we played, or the situation. "But they were productive in what they did and showed they have been listening to what we're trying to work on." Let Pride of Nottingham know your thoughts by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  16. Notts County academy manager Jon Goodman says first-team boss Kevin Nolan is supportive of the project that Goodman will be undertaking with the club's youngsters. The former Nike Academy head arrived at Meadow Lane last month tasked with revamping the Magpies academy and ensuring the young players can prosper to the point of being first-teamers. Flanked by assistant manager Richard Thomas, Goodman is now able to get to work with the academy players, now they've reported back to the club for pre-season. He told the official site: "Our remit is to develop first-team players for Notts County. "Richard will be a big help to us because he's got great experience as an academy manager at Leyton Orient and a wonderful relationship with Kevin Nolan, who is also very supportive of everything we're trying to achieve. "The manager's eyes are on the first team but he is very aware of everything that's happening underneath. "Over the years sports science has evolved enormously and I've been lucky to work with some really good support teams. "If we look at every aspect of player development, there's a scientific rationale behind the best practices. That's what we're trying to implement while remembering there's a human factor. "These are young men trying to find their way in life so everything we add to the programme is to empower them to make good decisions, have successful careers and be good people." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.

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