Notts County slipped out of the Football League yesterday, losing their proud title of the World’s Oldest Football League Club.
They’re now just another non-league side looking to bounce back, with an uncertain future. Some, like Luton and Bristol Rovers, make the most of their time to come back strong. Others, like Wrexham, merely become enveloped in the mire of the fifth tier.
There’s also warnings to be had when looking at Doncaster, Halifax, York, Stockport and a host of other clubs. Underestimate at your peril.
They went out with a whimper, beaten 3-1 at Swindon in a result that meant nothing as Macclesfield snatched a draw at home against Cambridge. Sol Campbell was a former Magpies player, albeit for a fleeting moment in time, but he took his current side out of the bottom two and kept them there.
For County, the future has been uncertain ever since the infamous Munto Finance takeover. Since then they’ve been unstable, run by men who constantly change managers, ethos and approach. That instability has rocked the club’s foundations and left them at their lowest ebb.
Current chairman Alan Hardy is not a popular figure this morning, delivering a rather hollow sounding rhetoric via the club’s official site. He’s been met with a wall of anger, hardly surprising given their current situation.
Not bad considering he was speechless and had no words an hour ago. Crocodile ? tears ? . Probably more worried about the fact the sale value has been slashed.
— Radish (@radish22) May 4, 2019
It’s scary how out of touch this bloke is.
— Jordannnn (@Jordyyyshaww) May 4, 2019
A statement that says he will take ultimate responsibility but uses the opening paragraphs to explain why it wasn’t really his fault.
— Luke Williamson (@LukeWilliamson) May 4, 2019
Perhaps the club should stop pandering to the owners needs, this statement isn’t needed, so soon on a day where we have been relegated why? Why release this? The guy has so much to answer for, ultimately he should be ashamed of himself, his actions and his poor management
— James Anthony Hilton (@hiltonjames51) May 4, 2019
Still had the nerve to shift blame onto nolan in his radio interview. The blame lays SOLELY at your door alan hardy. U got carried away with your own self importance after doing great things last season
— gaz hunter (@gazhunter) May 4, 2019
'Conversations with prospective new owners are ongoing and I expect a deal to be completed in the near future.' You've been saying that since beginning of February. Just tell us the truth and exactly what is going on.
— Rob Fell (@robfell70) May 4, 2019
Go and play with yourself in the bath.
— Pure Gym Castle Marina…..Nottingham. NG7 1GX (@LentonGym) May 4, 2019