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Notts County have sacked manager Ian McParland. The Scot has been relieved of his duties four days before what would have been his second anniversary in charge of the Coca-Cola League Two club.

McParland's position at the club has been in question since the high-profile takeover of the club by Swiss-based Middle East consortium Munto Finance, who brought in former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson as director of football in the summer.

McParland lost just three of his side's 12 league matches this season and the Magpies are unbeaten at Meadow Lane.

But the club's progression is not deemed quick enough by the new success-hungry owners and Sunday's 2-2 home draw against struggling Torquay, when County led 2-0 at one stage, was the final straw.

McParland leaves the Magpies in fifth place in the table and just four points behind leaders Bournemouth.

Who now for manager then Sol Campbell a nyone

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Is Sven going as well ?

The move paves the way for director of football Sven Goran Eriksson to take over the Meadow Lane hot seat.

However, the 61-year-old is also facing calls from his homeland to take over the struggling Sweden national team after a disastrous World Cup qualification campaign.

County dismissed McParland a day after his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Torquay. The result left County four points behind League Two leaders Bournemouth after 12 matches.

After the match, Eriksson refused to answer questions from Swedish journalists about taking over the national team.

However, his trusted right-hand man Tord Grip admitted: 'I don't know if he has a clause in his contract, but I'm sure he would be interested, I think.

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David Platt is Sky Bet's joint favourite to be the next manager at Notts County following the departure of Ian McParland today.

Platt is 4-1 to take over in the Meadow Lane hot-seat, together with Notts' director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Former Reading manager Steve Coppell is next in the betting at 5/1.

Sky bet's odds:

David Platt 4-1


Lawrie Sanchez 12-1

Gordon Strachan 16-1

Sven-Goran Eriksson 4-1

Kevin Keegan 12-1

David O'Leary D 16-1

Steve Coppell 5-1

Steve Cotterill 14-1

Dennis Wise 20-1

Glenn Hoddle 6-1

Peter Taylor 14-1

Paul Merson 25-1

Gary McAllister 8-1

Joe Kinnear 14-1

Peter Reid 25-1

Alan Curbishley 10-1

Iain Dowie 16-1

Harry Redknapp 66-1

Terry Venables 10-1

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Mancini's name has been heavily linked with Notts County today, someone ought to tell the owners that you can't just throw money at something and hope it comes off. It's Notts County for fecks sake in the 4th tier of English football not Inter Milan in Serie A.

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