Former Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith claims that his spell as manager is only expected to last one game.

The Notts County caretaker boss took over on a temporary basis after John Sheridan was sacked on Monday.

The now 36 year old Alan Smith is in charge as third bottom of League Two, Notts County, take on sixth bottom Morecambe on Saturday.

With nine straight league defeats and conceding 23 goals in the process, Smith has decided not to pick himself in the team and will instead try to help the team from the sidelines.

Alan Smith played 31 times when Newcastle were last promoted in 2009/10.

Alan Smith talking to BBC Radio Nottingham:

“I couldn’t tell you how long this (in charge at Notts County) will happen but I am caretaker manager and I believe it will just be for Saturday.

“I believe someone will come in and they will be an experienced manager.

“I will enjoy it, although I won’t enjoy it if we get beat.

“I’m not going to play, I’m going to watch and try to help the lads as much as possible.

“The main thing is to build confidence and install some belief we can get a result, as there’s no reason why we can’t.

“It has been tinged with disappointment obviously, losing someone I respect a lot in John.

“The strange thing about it is being in this situation, he (John Sheridan) is the one person you’d probably turn to.”