Former Bantam Returns to Football Management

Greg Abbott Joins Notts County As Assistant Manager

Former Bantams assistant manager Greg Abbott has returned to football management joining Notts County Football Club as Neil Ardley’s number two. He has returned to Meadow Lane after spending time as Sean Derry assistant manager when the club completed a fairytale ‘Great Escape’ from the League One relegation zone in 2014.

Abbott, has now accepted Neal Ardley’s offer to replace Neil Cox who has become the new manager of Scunthorpe United Football Club. Speaking about joining Notts County Greg Abbott said, “I was quite happy being self-employed, assisting clubs with some of their coaching, recruitment, acting as a consultant and things like that. But then Neal rang and asked me if I’d be interested., I have a lot of time for Neal and he’s one of the game’s good guys so I wanted to come down and have a good chat with him to find out what the role would entail.  

When he showed me round and I heard him speak I’d almost made my mind up there and then, we didn’t even talk about contracts, I just said ‘Listen, let’s have a go. Let’s see if we can get this club out of this league and take it on to better things. What is happened at the stadium and training ground in the time I’ve been away is phenomenal. We’ve got a great base to work from and if you looked at the squad on paper, you’d say it wouldn’t look out of place in Sky Bet League One. 

As we all know this is a ridiculously hard league to get promotion from but with our squad, facilities, structure and support we have a real chance of competing right at the top end of the table, which has got to be everyone’s aim. I loved my time here before and I made a lot of friends and really liked the area so I’m grateful to Neal and the club for giving me this opportunity. It’s a wonderful club and we’ve hopefully we will have some good times to look forward to over the next few seasons.”

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