A moment in time

A moment in time: Notts County and their ownership issues

Notts County may be the world’s oldest professional football club to exist, however, they have had more than their fair share of problems since being founded in 1862.

The Meadow Lane outfit, who are also known as The Magpies, are currently sitting in League Two, although they are currently second from bottom and in danger of losing their Football League status.

Neil Ardley has recently been appointed to try and turn things around for the club after he decided to leave AFC Wimbledon near the bottom of League One, whilst Notts parted company with Harry Kewell almost as soon as he walked in through the door.

The Australian arrived as the new manager at the end of August but was ousted after just 14 games in charge.

However, he is not the only drastic change that the League Two outfit have gone through recently, with a shocking takeover hitting the headlines back in 2009…

A moment in time: Notts County’s takeover by Munto Finance

In June 2009, Notts County had become the subject of interest of a takeover by Munto Finance, who were a Middle Eastern-backed consortium.

The buyout was completed in July and had started to show their hugely ambitious aims for the club when they appointed Sven Goran Eriksson as the club’s new director of football, which included the arrivals of Kasper Schmeichel and Sol Campbell, who signed a five-year deal, although he subsequently walked out on the club just weeks later.

Hans Backe, who had been the former England manager’s assistant previously, was appointed as manager, but he quit after just nine league games.

The embarrassment for Notts County did not stop there, with Munto Finance deciding to sell the club to Peter Trembling in December before Ray Trew completed a deal in February 2010.

Steve Cotterill looked to have brought some success to the famous club, when he guided them to a League Two title, however, he rejected the chance to renew his contract.

A number of managers have since come and gone – as is normal in football – although maybe more frequently at Meadow Lane than it should have been.

The likes of Paul Ince, Mark Allen, Ricardo Moniz, Jamie Fullerton, John Sheridan and Kevin Nolan are just a few who have been in the dugout in the recent past.

Notts County are now being run by Alan Hardy, after he completed a takeover from Ray Trew in January 2017.

The League Two outfit will now be looking to kick on with Ardely in the firing line and will want to ensure they remain within the Football League, otherwise, who knows what will happen should they go down.

Notts County fans – thoughts?

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