Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Notts County owner Alan Hardy said that ‘if I could rewind the clock back 18 months, I would not have bought the club’. He acknowledges he has made many mistakes, and that the last week or so has been his toughest of his entire career.

After losing to rivals Lincoln City, Kevin Nolan found himself out of a job the following day, with the Magpies rooted to the bottom of the EFL. They remain there, but Harry Kewell has since arrived from Crawley Town. The Aussie takes his spot in the dugout tonight when they travel to Grimsby Town in the Checkatrade Trophy, having watched the weekend defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers from the stands at Meadow Lane.

Hardy concedes that in hindsight he probably would not have made the decision he made to buy the club, saying that the ‘football bubble’ contains plenty of negatives,

“If I could rewind the clock back 18 months, I would not have bought the club.

“I think football is a bubble and this was described brilliantly to me by Gary Brazil (Nottingham Forest coach) a couple of years ago.

“When you are inside that bubble, you very rarely see anything outside of it.

“It’s selfish, it’s cutthroat, and incredibly demanding. It’s emotionally challenging and pulls at your own personal values.

“You end up behaving in a way aligned to the industry, and not aligned to you. It’s surprised me how ruthless it is. It challenges you in lots of ways you wouldn’t expect.”

Following these comments, Notts County supporters have reacted to these surprise comments with some concern, fearing he may look to sell the club.


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