Notts County blogger Richard Medley much prefers the serene ownership of Ray Trew to the crazy days before him.
All quiet on the County front...for once
Well, it's been an uneventful summer at Meadow Lane.
No Sheiks, no earth-shattering signings, no rumours of Raul snubbing a move to the Bundesliga in favour of Meadow Lane, no winding up orders. Nothing. This is what it's like to be a Notts fan normally you know...except it's not.
We appear to be looking at a well run club, who's debts have been reduced from £7m to £2m in the space of six months by Ray Trew & Co. We aren't used to people actually investing money in our club Ray, so I'm sure you'll forgive people taking at second glance at what's actually going on behind the scenes at Notts.
What's happening is an overhaul of our facilities, a strengthening of the playing staff, consolidation and continuity of the coaching staff and above all a level of ambition and seriousness not seen at this club for a long time. (I'm sure you'll understand me excluding last season's farce in that statement)
Mr Trew has made no secret of his desire to go straight through League One (upwards I might add!), it's this kind of ambition that Notts fans are finding so refreshing. Words are great, but you've got to back them up..and back them we've done with some of this summer's signings.
Spicer, Burgess, Chilvers and Harley were all playing in the Championship last season and we've retained the core of last season's League Two Champions. So all in all, it's looking pretty good.
Craig Short wasn't my first choice for the manager's job, probably not even second or third, but what he has been able to do is slot in straightaway with the existing backroom staff. He brings a different vibe to that of Cotterill and only time will tell if the change will be positive.
It's no secret the club did all it could to persuade Steve Cotterill to stay, but it seems he had his heart set on the Pompey job from day one. Under Cotterill the players were scared stiff to concede a goal, and you could see it from the stands. Hence last season's unbelievable clean sheet record.
Craig Short looks to be more of an 'arm around your shoulder' manager, nowhere near as animated as Cotteril and virtually inaudible. He does seem to have the respect of the players and he'll always get a positive reception at Meadow Lane.
I think a few are wondering how a couple of seasons in Hungary can prepare you for Football League Management...but then again, we weren't in Hungary, and we didn't interview Mr Short. Mr Trew has done nothing to make his question his judgement before and so Short will undoubtedly be backed to the hilt by the Notts faithful.
On the pitch, last Saturdays visit of Huddersfield was a wake-up call to an awful lot of people. Many of the fans that came to Notts because of Sven (known in the region as a 'Munto') will never have seen a Notts performance like it. I have. Woefully short of confidence, nervous and edgy. We made Huddersfield look like Barcelona.
Huddersfield are a very good side and we won't come accross many teams like that this season. I have no problem being beaten by the better side, it was simply the total lack of belief and passion that was so evident. Almost as if they'd forgotten how to pass a ball during the summer. It was a different side from last year.
Get your money on Huddersfield for promotion, if we finish within 6 points of them, we'll be promoted too, but there's a long way to go before that.
Tuesday nights Cup game at Plymouth saw a terrific 0-1 win for Notts, and although I couldn't be there, it sounded like a much improved performance and hopefully one that can provide us with much needed life before the trip to Boundary Park on Saturday.
So one week in and already a rollercoaster of emotions at Meadow Lane. That's more like the Notts I know. Who like's winning all the time anyway?