Dutchman flies in for PNE opponents

Ex-PNE winger Will Hayhurst will be in Notts County's squad
Ex-PNE winger Will Hayhurst will be in Notts County's squad
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PNE’s opponents on Tuesday night, Notts County, have gone Dutch in an attempt to halt a tailspin towards League Two.

Until last month, local hero Shaun Derry was Magpies boss, the tough-tackling midfielder getting a first job in management at the club where he kicked off his playing career.

But on the back of a run of just three wins in 20 games, Derry was sacked and County went down a different route in seeking his replacement.

At the helm now is Ricardo Moinz, whose previous experience of the English game was on Martin Jol’s coaching staff at Tottenham.

The 50-year-old has coached in his native Holland, as well as in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany.

He is well travelled to say the least and his latest job has landed him on the banks of the River Trent and right in the middle of a relegation battle.

County sit third bottom of League One after a dramatic slide from the fringes of the play-offs.

His four games in charge have resulted in three draws and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at relegation rivals Crawley.

Moinz will be stood next to Simon Grayson in the technical area as the Magpies host North End.

Both sides need the points at different ends of the table as the season nears its conclusion.

Grayson said: “Notts County have got a new manager and have gone for a slightly different philosophy than when Shaun Derry was there.

“They have made the decision to go down that line.

“We will be respectful of them and we have had them watched.

“They have some experienced players who have been there, seen it and done it – Alan Smith, Gary Jones, Garry Thompson and Hayden Mullins.

“But they are where they are for a reason and we have to try and capitalise on that.

“We are aware of how they might play and will have to be ready for that.

“But they will be looking at our team too and thinking, ‘Beckford, Garner, Gallagher and Johnson, there are some lively players in here’.

“We know what we have to go and do, make sure we play within the framework of the team, play completely as a team, win our battles and do whatever it takes to win a game.

“In any game we have to win the battle first and foremost.

“That involves getting tight to people and stopping the opposition from playing.

“When you look at the last couple of games, we certainly did that to start with.

“Then once you get the chance to play, it is important to get your ball players into the game.

“That was something we didn’t do well in the second half at Port Vale the other night, having done it so well in the first half.”

There will be a familiar face to Preston fans in the County ranks, in the shape of Will Hayhurst. The winger moved to Meadow Lane in January after his first-team chances dried up at Preston.

Hayhurst, 21, has started seven games and come off the bench four times at County.

He came through North End’s youth system, battling back from breaking 
his leg twice while an apprentice.

The Longridge lad made 48 appearances in North End colours.