Doncaster Rovers: Kiwomya not afraid to keep faith with Notts’ new breed

Chris Kiwomya
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The kids are all right for new Notts County boss Chris Kiwomya - and he won’t be afraid to throw them in against Rovers this weekend.

Kiwomya, 43, replaced Keith Curle in charge at the County Ground last month with a mantra of building for the future.

And the former Ipswich striker has quickly got the Magpies fans onside by giving youth its chance.

Youngsters Curtis Thompson, Tyrell Waite, Haydn Hollis and Romello Nangle all featured in Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Colchester, with substitute Nangle among the scorers.

And the quartet made a big impression on the County fans, although Kiwomya is keen to play down expectations.

“You don’t want to get too carried away because it’s just one game,” he said.

“But it’s a great start for them and it will give them confidence, which is what you want. You want to give them that belief they can do well.

“The future is the established players as well, like (Dean) Leacock and (Gary) Liddle, who have done well this season.

“I asked them to help the youngsters because it helps them if the older players believe in them and think they deserve a chance.

“I’ll have to look at it [for this weekend], but if they can give a performance like that there’s no reason they can’t play against Doncaster.”

Fellow youngsters Fabian Spiess and Greg Tempest have also broken into County’s first team picture this season, as the club attempt to build from the bottom up.

Kiwomya joined Notts in February as development squad manager and, following Curle’s exit, impressed the board with his vision for the future.