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John Thompson: 'Notts can reach Championship if Alan Hardy is able to take them forward'

Joe Jones

Notts County could find themselves in the Championship in the next five or six years if new owner Alan Hardy is able to take them forward, according to former captain John Thompson.

On Monday, it was confirmed that Hardy had agreed a deal with current owner Ray Trew regarding a takeover of the club.

The Magpies are currently languishing in the lower reaches of League Two, but Thompson is hopeful of Hardy taking the Meadow Lane outfit in an upward trajectory.

He told the Nottingham Post: "I'm not surprised there was interest in buying the club at all. It's a fantastic club. They've got great history, a great stadium and a big fan base.

"If Alan Hardy is able to take them forward then there is no reason they can't be in the Championship in five or six years. Of course that would take a lot of hard work though.

"The first thing he needs to do is get fans enthused again. Gates have been falling and there's a pretty miserable atmosphere around the club.

"When I was there, the year we won the league we were getting 9,000 or 10,000 gates. You wonder where those people have gone.

"If he can get them back then it would be huge. He needs to get Meadow Lane buzzing again."

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Can we please stop talking about the Championship? Let's consolidate first and then think about League One again when we're strong enough. But I agree that we need to get people enthusiastic again.

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My thoughts Exactly DS, Just gaining Promotion would be nice. If we can get to the Championship, then so be it. But no Targets, Just plain old stability 

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There's nothing to wonder, its various of reasons as to why the gates have reduced. Sadly people want to come to see a team win or in with a chance of winning, Notts doesn't quite match the bill in this department but some can't afford it. Others have concerns, alternative reasons - yet I agree with the above.

Lets just focus on stability and trying to enjoy the football.

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