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Bouncing Back to the Football League

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I have read a lot of comments on social media, some are clearly fans having a laugh and others are somewhat more questionable. It's quite possible that IF the takeover happens, Notts could start to implement the club's identity back and therefore improve over a period of time. Non League isn't easy by any stretch of the imagination.

It's really going to be a test for Notts.

For Notts to adapt well, they need to focus on team building and get that 'spirit' of togetherness floating around the squad.

I seriously think it might take 1-3 years, of course Notts could bounce back next season but at this stage it seems unlikely. I can't see, despite the spine of the squad that remains looking half decent. The club needs to find defenders who not only have the ability to defend, but can stand up against heavy challenges - something in League Two Notts has desperately lacked for some time.

The midfield needs to have pace, it's fine to keep Michael Doyle if that is what Neal Ardley wants - however someone else will be required to do most of the running. Ideally someone better at taking set pieces will be signed, this could improve the changes.

Speed and height are a massive thing for the standard of football we face, some up top needs to be able to hold the ball up and those behind need to be capable of moving forward whilst directing space.

I think it's a very tough ask to expect this to happen at the first opportunity, as I say I think it will take a few years.

What are your thoughts?

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The first season is key. It's very easy to slip to the bottom of the Conference and wonder how you have found yourself in National League North! Let's not do a York......Consolidation next season is enough for me, build on that the following season. Notts County will be a league club again. Only a matter of time. 

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Spot on Chris, although I can see it taking around 4-5 years for us to go back up.

Let's face it this has been coming since Pavis left the club around 20 years ago. Scardino was like Hardy and spent money he did not have, administration and the Trust years followed and we could have gone down then. Munto comes along and we get promoted on fake money and then Trigger finger Ray takes over and we never get a settled management team. 

We need to strip right back to basics, grow the infrastructure and learn to live within our means. Stop paying stupid wages to players that have only come for the money and invest in a young team (with a couple of old heads) with potential that can grow into a promotion side. 

We've had too many promises in the past, all with so little substance and I think we're all fed up with it.

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I think Notts has to build a side mixed with potential, those able to compete in the Non League and having a strong squad for step up when that can be reached. The club needs to be forward thinking I agree.

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We can only hope but until we see how the squad plays we really won't know.

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Squad unity is a key thing. It's one of the reasons why Orient went up. Same with Lincoln and Macc before them. Need goalscorers and a bit of physicality as well. Need to be intelligent with the ball when going forward. Experience mixed with young players or players in prime age (25,26,27). 

Orient had youngsters like Josh Koroma, Dan Happe, Jordan Maguire-Drew and Myles Judd. They had experience in the mould of Craig Clay, Dean Brill, Charlie Lee and Josh Coulson. A goalscorer in Macauley Bonne. 

Lincoln had Sean Raggett and Alex Woodyard. Experience in Matt Rhead, Nathan Arnold, Luke Waterfall and Alan Power

We can't be defensive dot com either. Don't sit back and take a point for 46 games. No

Need a team with goals in it. 

This will take a while. A lot of issues with the club. Need a scouting system, money spent wisely and intelligently, a proper youth system, due diligence done on managers and not just rush into an appointment without thought. Also need a training ground but that needs to be done over time.

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Without fighting to gain the points like we haven't done for years, we just arn't going to go back up.

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I don't think Notts will bounce straight back, at the same time I feel the club will be able to avoid Chesterfield. Success relies on Alan Hardy leaving, the takeover happening and the fans getting behind whoever is then the manager.

The squad might not be the best but praise effort until we can improve it fully.

As they say Rome wasn't built in a day, Notts' promotion won't be built in a season either.

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I would hope that Notts can bounce back at the first try but provided the club has a proper go at promotion I won't mind. I think the division will be hard with only two teams being promoted. Its just a shame Notts was poor enough out of a league of 24 to go down in the first place.

It is what it is.

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i think having a squad that fights for results, not trying to stop other teams from scoring would be good. attacking play is important.

if the club has defenders who can deal with threats before they become too dangerous, then the midfield and attack could absorb that pressure. as mentioned before me the first season will decide but i expect notts to do better than chesterfield.

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The longer that Notts remains in the National League, the harder it will be to get out. Look at the clubs that have struggled and if the club feels they can just buy themselves out of it, that would be a dangerous choice.

The squad needs to work harder its that simple.

Bring players in due to what they give, how they die on the pitch, not for the flair or skill they can show when its good.

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I honestly can't see the club bouncing back straight a way, I think it will take at least 5 years. Only two teams goes up and until the squad works as a proper team, I think we will only flirt with promotion back to the football league.

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At least 2 years i think, the club needs stability and we haven't had that for years.

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It will take Notts at least three years, I can't see promotion happening before then and when it does happen. I think it will be as champions, rather than playoffs. The club needs to do a lot before.

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