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Simon Clark

How have the new Notts County owners done since taking over?

What a contrast to our previous regimes.

For all his rights and wrongs – and I think there were more rights over his tenure – Ray Trew found it difficult to stay away from social media and club message boards, often falling into the trap of over promising some new signing.

He also seemed pretty keen to hit the fire button as the revolving door rarely slowed down on the manager’s office.

Then, of course, we had the ego which took the club out of the league and almost out of existence, alienating our closest neighbours and making the club a laughing stock while retaining the trigger happy nature of hire and fire.

What we needed is exactly what we have now – stability and a great relationship between owners and manager.

They’re putting no pressure on Neal Ardley and that must be a great situation for him, allowing him and his staff to look on a longer term basis than most managers are allowed.

In fact, they haven’t really said a lot at all, so maybe the things they haven’t said are quite interesting:

- They’ve not shouted about any ‘game-changing’ new signings

- They’ve not made outlandish predictions of where we’ll be in 5 years

- They’ve not been critical of any other team or organisation

- They’ve talked up how good we are 

They have:

- Stayed in the background

- Provided steady hands while bringing the club under control

- Given good, honest answers in the few interviews they’ve done

Of those rare interviews, they actually seem quite reluctant to garner publicity for themselves – how about that for club owners?!

I enjoyed listening to them on Radio Red not so long ago. A half hour chat, thoughtful, constructive and a great insight into how they work.

What I found interesting was that they seem to have a great relationship with Ardley and view changing the manager as a last resort. From studies they’ve done, they’ve identified that it often doesn’t work, so things will have to go pretty badly for the axe to fall, and that stability must be a better place for the club.

So often you see a change of manager followed by wholesale changes in the squad. I’m a big believer that it takes a good 2 or 3 transfer windows before a manager can call the squad his own so unless it’s going badly wrong, give the guy time.

Another thing we need to do, and it’s great that they are so open about it, is that the manager has to be willing to work with them, using data as part of the process to sign someone.

We’ll probably never know how they do it, what info they look at, etc, but you know that some managers would rebel against that and class that as boardroom interference, so the manager needs to see this as a tool to help him.

Brentford brought out a similar process a while ago and Mark Warburton immediately announced he would leave the club, although he did see out the season.

When Leicester City won the Premier League, 2 of their best players were Mahrez and Kante, plucked from Le Havre and Caen respectively. I remember reading that both players came onto their radar because of data they’d used – how far they ran during games, how many tackles, etc.

That was followed up by watching them play, but it wasn’t just a gut instinct, as so much recruitment seems to be.

In fact, I can see this being the way things move in the future and I’m certain the big clubs use this and have been for some time.

We’re lucky to have these guys in charge and I hope they stay a good long time. It could be a real success story of how we appeared to be on the brink of liquidation and ended up with a stable, successful club. 

You never know, it could be a blueprint for other clubs to follow.

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Excellent piece on the new owners, I have been impressed by them. I think the last two owners and their families got involved too much with the fan base.

When it turns sour that will always lead to issues.

I hope the brothers can get some success out of their investment, but they do seem to have the clubs interest at heart and are prepared to wait.

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i think given the chance ray trew and alan hardy would have done differently during their reigns, i would like to think so. the reedtz brothers seem to be bowing to the experience that is at the club and allowing them to get on with it, its pleasing to see trust given to them because they can be a massive help.

think ah thought he could do it all alone and once that went wrong, he could not accept it.

but we have two owners who are hands on, its good to see them attending home and away games. they seem to want to get the community back involved which would be nice.

quiet owners are like good match officials, you should not notice them and if you do its not usually for the better.

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The future must be the focus, it's good to have two brothers who support each other and those around them. I get the impression that they're relaxed about progress, understanding that it takes time and hard work. The clubs been in a state since as long as I have supported Notts - it will take steady hands to change this.

Neal Ardley has been backed by them, they worked fast to support him in getting signings and it's just welcoming to see how it's the club being put first.

No gimmicks, no false dawns or blame. No getting the fans all excited over nothing, just common sense.

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This is spot on @Simon Clark.

The new owners don't seem to be attracted to the limelight, they both seem genuine and down to earth. It's a positive sign in my opinion that the club may finally be able to move forward, RT happy to cut his loses and sack managers. AH loved the spotlight and playing the innocent game.

It feels like to have quiet owners who have the right focus.

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The amount of mistakes Notts owners have made, they could write a book on what not to do. I think the new owners are sensible, they’re looking at the bigger picture.

It would have been easy to sack Neal Ardley in the moment, when many seemed to want him gone.

But the focus was on next season, the one after that and further beyond.

Not based on resetting the club and struggling due to adjusting. Things have come together brilliantly, long may it continue.

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