Notts County have appointed Ricardo Moniz as their new boss, and chairman Ray Trew is hoping he brings 'a new level of excitement' to the club.Moniz, who has previously managed the likes of Hamburg, Ferencvaros and 1860 Munich, has been hired as Shaun Derry's full-time successor and will work alongside Dave Keenan, Kevin Pilkington and Mike Edwards.
County are winless in seven and sit in the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone, one point from safety, with six games to go.
Trew recognised that the new manager's immediate goal will be to guide the Magpies to safety, but hopes he can bring an exciting style of football to Meadow Lane in the long run.
“As I have said previously, I set out on our search for a new manager with an open mind but with a determination to find someone who would be able to bring a new level of excitement to Notts County,” Trew told the club's official website.
“I think in Ricardo we have found that because, having spoken to him at length, his footballing philosophy is one of structured attacking play, which I hope is something that our fans will buy into, because I know that when I come to Meadow Lane I want to be entertained, I want to be excited by what I see out there on the pitch.
“Results, of course, are the yardstick by which managers are ultimately judged, but if we can play the sort of football that gets people off their seats and instil in our players the desire to take games to our opponents, I think we can make a real impression in this division.
“Ricardo has a fantastic reputation within the game, not only for the style of football that he plays, but also his ability to spot and nurture young talent, so I am confident that his appointment will be of benefit to all levels of the club.
“In Dave I have been able to bring in someone who knows this level of football and, perhaps equally importantly, knows this football club. He’s a Notts County person and I am delighted that he agreed to return for what I feel is an exciting period ahead for the club.
“The new management team’s immediate goal is clear, with survival in League 1 our short-term aim obviously, but work is already under way to ensure that we have the best possible squad available to make a real impression next season.”