Despite having gone on a mini-revival recently, things really could not be a lot worse for Notts County at the moment.
The world’s oldest professional football club, the Magpies currently sit rock-bottom of League Two and look destined to be playing in the National League next season, in what would be their first-ever relegation from the Football League.
There is still a chance for Neal Ardley’s side to escape the drop to non-league, as they sit five points from safety, however, things really need to change as soon as possible.
And, matters off the pitch will not help their cause as they look to achieve the almost impossible.
Club owner Alan Hardy has put Notts County up for sale, however, there are concerns that they could enter administration, which would all but confirm their status in the National League.
According to a report by Sky Sports, it is understood the owner took out a loan from his Interior Design company, Paragon, to help buy the club in January 2017.
However, that company has since gone into financial trouble and administrators could look to take the money from Notts County, leaving the football club’s own financial position in doubt, which will then lead to possible concerns over their future.
The club have gone through a tumultuous 12 month period, having been in the playoffs last season, where they lost to Coventry City and now look set to head to the National League.
Kevin Nolan stepped down as manager at the start of the season and was replaced by Harry Kewell, following an impressive spell as boss at Crawley Town.
However, things clearly did not work out for the Australian at Meadow Lane as he was ousted after just 14 games and was replaced by Ardley.
The former AFC Wimbledon boss has managed to give them some hope of escaping the drop as they won three of their last four matches, although times in Nottingham are looking a little bleak for them at the moment.
Their match against Port Vale on Saturday will be a ‘six-pointer’ as they also struggle in League Two as they sit just three clear of Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town.
If Notts County fail to win that game (and with the possibility of administration – should it go that far), their hopes of achieving survival are all but likely over and they could be entertaining the likes of Halifax Town, Bromley and Hartlepool at Meadow Lane next season.
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