On Sunday afternoon, Notts County officially announced that owner and chairman Alan Hardy has made the struggling League Two outfit available for purchase.
Hardy cited a need to focus on his other business interests as the driving factor behind his decision to sell. As per the aforementioned report, Hardy stated that “my efforts to restore Notts County’s fortunes over the last two years mean my other businesses have had to take a back seat. They are now in need of my full attention.”
The Magpies are currently floundering at the foot of the table. Neal Ardley’s side are in desperate need of a boost, which many will hope can be provided by the arrival of a new owner.
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Hardy took charge at Meadow Lane in January 2017, when the club were fighting for EFL survival. Since then, he has seen the club make the play-offs. However, they now once again find themselves mired in a desperate scrap to preserve their status as the oldest club in the Football League.
Following the announcement of Hardy’s decision to put the club up for sale, plenty of Notts County fans took to Twitter to voice their reactions…
Jesus. Never a dull day. Unfortunately his ego would never have taken the club forward, but he’s ultimately responsible for taking us out the league for the 1st time ever. Be interesting to know how much he wants & how the Paragon loans will be paid…
— Jonny Upton (@jonnybwana) 27 January 2019
Took us further back than forward, leaves us with more debt and on the verge of going down. Bye Alan take crossley and Chettle with you on the way out! @Bigalanh5
— Jay h (@jayh96) 27 January 2019
He was very good at marketing, should of surrounded himself with proper footballing people instead of falling out with everyone, in the end looks like he’s isolated himself from everyone at the club, businessman you maybe, football owner you are not
— ashley burton (@burt123d) 27 January 2019
At least ray trew didn’t live in Nottingham, going to be very hard for Alan to stay in Nottingham after killing the club.
— martin kaye (@martin1862) 27 January 2019
It’s all Well and good celebrating its up for sale. Nobody knows who the new owners maybe or what their plans will be. Says he’ll support Neal but everyone knows it’s been very quiet on the transfer front.
— Mancpie (@skinio) 27 January 2019
The one weekend we don’t have a game. Naively I assumed that meant nothing could go wrong
What a complete farce
— Eduardo (@EdwardCooke96) 27 January 2019
FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS
— Jord’ M-D (@screwbats_1992) 27 January 2019
So those who hounded the Chairman finally got what they trolled for and I guess there is only so much a Man can take…
— Elevate for Lessons (@elevatelessons) 27 January 2019