Only way is up: Harry Kewell joins last-placed Notts County as coach

Former Australia international Harry Kewell has taken on his second job in soccer management after being hired as coach of the last-place team in England's four professional leagues.

Notts County, who are last in the fourth division, announced the arrival of Kewell on Friday.

Kewell's first senior management role was at Crawley Town, who he guided to a 14th-place finish in the fourth tier last season. The former Liverpool and Leeds winger agreed to a compensation fee with Crawley allowing him to join Notts County.

County, who sit bottom of League Two after picking up one point from their first five matches, sacked Kevin Nolan on Sunday following the club's wretched start to the season.

They are the oldest football club in the world and reached the play-offs under former Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Nolan last year.

Despite their standing in the game, the Magpies have not been in the top flight of English football since 1991 and employed nine different managers in the last six years.

Kewell's coaching star is on the rise following an impressive stint at Crawley, where he was appointed as manager 14 months ago after leaving Watford where he was in charge of the Premier League side's reserve team.

The ex-Leeds and Liverpool striker endured a difficult start when he lost seven of his first 11 matches in charge.

But the 39-year-old managed to turn the team's fortunes around after Christmas with a run of seven wins in eight matches to move to within two points of the promotion play-offs before falling away to finish 14th – the club's best season in three years.

AP

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