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Alan Hardy on Notts County ownership: 'I feel I am still dreaming'

Joe Jones

Notts County owner Alan Hardy has admitted that he still has to pinch himself to check he isn't dreaming.

Hardy, a Nottinghamshire businessman and staunch Magpies fan, took over at Meadow Lane in January from the previous owners, and has led the club upwards in a short space of time.

Successfully overcoming a transfer embargo, bringing in reinforcements in the squad at short notice, increased gates thanks to offers and improved optimism, and arresting a freefall towards the bottom of League Two are just some of the things he has achieved in the last two months.

Writing a column for the Nottingham Post, he says the last eight weeks have been a "whirlwind", but he has learned a lot in a short space of time and continues to do so.

He wrote: "In all honesty, my time at the club so far has felt like a complete whirlwind.

"I knew I was taking on a big job but I've had to learn a huge amount in a very short space of time – and I fear I haven't yet scratched the surface.

"Thankfully I have inherited a brilliant behind-the-scenes team, led by our vastly experienced chief executive Jason Turner.

"I am delighted with the way the staff have bought into my vision and we are already seeing positive progress.

"There are still times when I have to pinch myself to check this isn't all a dream.

"Take transfer deadline day for example.Having exited our transfer embargo at the last minute - a different story altogether - we wanted to take advice on potential signings from those respected in the game.

"That's exactly how we managed to sign players like Marc Bola and Josh Clackstone, who have been integral to our recent upturn in form.

"Coming from a corporate background where it's all about minimising risk and thinking strategically, I have to say I was completely out of my comfort zone on deadline day.

"Thankfully the knowledge of people like Kev and Jason saw us through – although I expect our summer business to be carried out in a far more measured fashion."

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It sounds quite positive from his perspective, the price of the purchase and the additional fee's found doesn't seem to have phased him which is good. Hopefully he will continue to connect with the community the thing about Notts is there's plenty of people who want good for this club -yet the core is quite small in comparison to other clubs of our side.

Time to change that and to build for the future.

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im glad hes enjoying it, it takes a lot of hard work and despite one mistake imo. i think fans will come round.

as i said in the forum i am going to purchase a ticket, mostly because i trust ah and i think he will spend it wisely. i hope more fans calm down and jump on board.

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