Kewell took over at Notts a week ago when he left Crawley Town.

But the Australian has had a tough beginning at Meadow Lane with his new club losing 2-1 to Grimsby Town in the EFL Trophy mid-week.

Notts, who are bottom of League Two, have followed that up with a crushing loss at the hands of Exeter on Saturday.

Kewell's outfit were behind 2-1 at half-time and then the opposition added three more goals in the second half to complete the rout.

It got worse for the former Socceroo when he was ordered from the sideline after protesting with officials.


"We went in at 2-1 and it was game on," the 39-year-old told media after the game.

"I was confident we were going to get something out of the game. But another set-piece and a mistake and we are 3-1 down. That is when the anger kicked in. I questioned the handball and you have to change a few other things because we are chasing the game.

"The eagle-eyed referee sees another handball, gives it to them and they miss it so we are still in it. Then there was a cross in the box and it was one of those 'does it hit his hand, or does it not?'. The referee says no, we are complaining, they go up the other end and score a goal.

"That was disappointing and that is when I get my marching orders. I said 'well done' to the referee; I said you can see one in the far corner but not one straight in front of you.

"First and foremost I do give credit to my players, we have a lot of injuries. I'm frustrated because I knew what Exeter were going to bring. I was confident enough that we were going to get something out of the game - we started lively.

"I'm a winner, we are going to have to try things, and to be vulnerable at the back to get extra men in the box. I'm giving players a crash course in playing in certain positions - but we have to deal with what we are dealt with, we have a lot of players playing in places they aren't used to."