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  1. Name: Meet the Fans 17/18 - Lincoln City (23/09/2017) Category: Meet the Fans Date Added: 2017-09-25 Submitter: Chris Pride of Nottingham spoke to a number of Notts County fans and asked them a few questions ahead of the Magpies' League Two derby against Lincoln City at Meadow Lane, which ended in a resounding 4-1 win over the Imps. If you would like to feature, get in touch! Feel free to submit potential questions below and we will look into asking them. Be sure to subscribe, share, like and comment - Your support is greatly appreciated. Visit us on: Website: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/ Community: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/community/ Don't forget to register on our site, look out for us on social media and at live games. COYP! Meet the Fans 17/18 - Lincoln City (23/09/2017) Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  2. Pride of Nottingham spoke to a number of Notts County fans and asked them a few questions ahead of the Magpies' League Two derby against Lincoln City at Meadow Lane, which ended in a resounding 4-1 win over the Imps. If you would like to feature, get in touch! Feel free to submit potential questions below and we will look into asking them. Be sure to subscribe, share, like and comment - Your support is greatly appreciated. Visit us on: Website: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/ Community: https://prideofnottingham.co.uk/community/ Don't forget to register on our site, look out for us on social media and at live games. COYP!
  3. Name: Highlights: Notts 4-1 Lincoln Category: Match Highlights Date Added: 2017-09-24 Submitter: Chris Highlights from the Magpies' convincing win against the Imps at Meadow Lane. Highlights: Notts 4-1 Lincoln Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  4. Name: Press conference: Nolan's new contract Category: Official Notts Videos Date Added: 2017-09-21 Submitter: Chris Alan Hardy and Kevin Nolan speak to the press after the manager signed a new three-year deal with the club. Press conference: Nolan's new contract Why not subscribe to PrideofNottinghamTV?
  5. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan has hailed his backroom management team, saying Richard Thomas and Mark Crossley deserve a lot of credit in the club's turn in fortunes. Nolan put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Meadow Lane earlier this week, a major step forward in the club hoping to work its way up the Football League. “I’m delighted Thommo will be with me. Norm (Crossley) will be with me too,” the Notts manager told the Nottingham Post. “He’s got a couple of years on his contract already so he’s fine! “The whole staff is great from them to Kate (Alan Hardy’s PA). You forget about these people who make it possible to concentrate on football. “I want to thank Alan for being first class. We hit it off in my interview and knew it could be great. I was very confident I could keep this club up and get it to a stable position this year. “I knew how Thommo worked. He’s one of the best coaches I’ve worked with. I knew he could take me to the level. I feel I’m a good coach, but he’s much better than me. “He’s born to be a coach. He’s been living with me. Some nights we sit till half 12 talking about football. He doesn’t stop. He’s got a drive the same as mine. He’s the best assistant I could ask for. “Norm is a massive personality. He’s been a massive part of this. The three of us, we’re always together and we’re a good team.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  6. Alan Hardy has described manager Kevin Nolan as Notts County's "figurehead", similar to what Sir Alex Ferguson was at Manchester United. The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham midfielder has just committed to the Meadow Lane hotseat by penning a new three-year deal. Nolan helped the Magpies avoid relegation last season following his appointment in January, turning around a side that had lost 10 games on the trot. This season, the 35-year-old overcame a 3-0 defeat at Coventry City on the opening day of the season to steer Notts to second in League Two, boasting an eight-game unbeaten run. Notts owner Hardy acknowledges that Nolan is likely to move on to a Premier League club or even the role of England manager one day, but insists that, for the time being, he is on board for the journey. “I know that Kevin is one of our future stars in the game. I acknowledge that one day he’s probably going to be a manager in the Premier League or maybe even manager of England," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. “At some point he may move on so we need to embed the foundations for the next three years. He can take this club forward. “I’ve got limited experience in football but people who have been around the game a long time like Darren Fletcher and the people he’s speaking to, also people like Les Bradd rate Kevin right up there with the best managers they've seen. “We talk about being on a journey. That means the Championship. Internally we present this club like we want to be in the Championship next year. "I know we have to go through League One, but the infrastructure we’re putting in place, the culture we’re building, it’s the start of the journey. “Kevin can lead people. He’s a leader of men. He’s been captain of three Premier League clubs. He oozes confidence, character and passion to galvanise people. “The club needed a leader and he’s the figurehead. Every club who has that, like Sir Alex (Ferguson), has done well. “This was a club which was intensive care. It was 91st in the Football League. They had one foot in the National League. “The word which was used was toxic in terms of the atmosphere. What an incredible turnaround it’s been." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  7. Notts County have announced that manager Kevin Nolan has signed a new three-year contract with the club. The 35-year-old helped the Magpies avoid relegation last season following his appointment in January, turning around a side that had lost 10 games on the trot. This season, Nolan overcame a 3-0 defeat at Coventry City on the opening day of the season to steer Notts to second in League Two, boasting an eight-game unbeaten run. In addition, Notts have won their last four league games and not conceded a single goal in any of those. Magpies owner Alan Hardy told the official Notts site: "Kevin has brought real pride, optimism and stability to this club which has not been seen for many years. "Kevin has to keep the players' feet on the ground." Assistant manager Richard Thomas and first-team coach Mark Crossley have also signed new deals with the club. "It was an easy decision to make which is why I have been so comfortable talking about it in recent weeks," said Nolan. "I'm delighted that Richard and Mark will be staying with me. We have a solid backroom staff here. "I was confident of keeping the club up and getting it into a stable position this year so we can kick on in the future." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  8. Kevin Nolan has urged again for perspective at Notts County, reiterating the need to take each game as it comes and secure safety before reassessing the objectives for the season. The Magpies could make it eight games unbeaten in all competitions if they get a result away at Crawley Town on Saturday, with the Magpies sitting second in League Two. Despite talk among fans shifting towards promotion, Nolan insists that it's too early in the season to look ahead all the way to next May when the league reaches its decisive fixtures. He told the Nottingham Post: “When I did my initial interview with Alan, it was saying we need to sustain our league status, then it was about making sure we sustained it again this year but with more ease and not a topsy turvy season. Then it was a three to five-year plan to get us out this league and sustain ourselves in League One to then start looking for Championship football. “We haven’t really now set our goals. I think it’s been a bit different from where we were at the end of January – although probably after the first game of the season (a 3-0 defeat at Coventry City) we were back to where we were in January! “Now, there’s a lot of positivity. There’s a lot of people shouting, ‘yes, we can do this and we can do that’. But I think it’s really key that we remain grounded and at a medium, happy level. “We’ve got to make sure from the start we’ve had that we finish in the top half of the table, because that would be success for this club after a number of years being in the doldrums of this league – where you’re fearful of relegation. “We’ve got to get to safety as quickly as possible. If we do that, then we can reassess what we’re going to do this season. “We can’t start getting carried away, saying ‘we’re going to win it, we’re going to get promoted’. We’ve got to have realistic aims and realistic ambitions. “It’s a club in transition and sometimes if you go a bit too quick, and go too soon, that can bite you in the bum. We’ve got to make sure we get it right. “We’re in a very good place at this moment in time, and everyone who’s connected with Notts County Football Club should be thankful for that.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  9. One striking difference I have noticed during the 2017-18 League Two season for Notts is that Kevin Nolan has delivered on his words. He has his side playing for the shirt, he’s tightened up the defence and made each player accountable on the pitch. It’s hard to imagine Notts playing like they did last season, especially under John Sheridan. When you think about changing the philosophy a team plays, you wouldn’t expect the changes to be made so quickly – yet it was visible upon the appointment of Nolan that we have someone unlike the previous managers at Meadow Lane. Whilst I would like to point out that it’s early days, I know enough fans who have warned me about the ‘Shaun Derry’ effect – but I do believe the club is moving in a clear direction, in fact I would say from the board down we are finally a club moving together. The positivity around Meadow Lane is a joy right now, I have noticed fans who had stopped attending games due to the frustration (and various other reasons) are now back. Home games are just another level, and although at times the Kop could be louder and the players could perform a little better – the fact we are grinding results out is such a positive thing right now. The stability level at Notts is at a new high, and this is something I hope will continue for a long time. In previous articles, I have mentioned concerns which I do feel are starting to be addressed. I’m pleased for Jonathan Forte and Rob Milsom who played well against Swindon Town – in a game where more than a few fans questioned the decision by Kevin Nolan to change five starting players. I actually think Carl Dickinson picked up during the game and played well, although he looked like he was desperately needing match time early on (as he looked a little rusty). This demonstrates the availability we have within the squad, although I do agree there are areas which can be approved – this can happen come January. I’ve always said it’s important for Notts County to send a signal of intent, not solely from the players that are signed but from the way we operate business on and off the field. I feel it’s important for all players to feel respected, and settled within their squad duties. This starts from the board, yet it continues within the management and team dressing room. This is why I feel the contract talks between Alan Hardy and Nolan over the latter's future is pivotal to the success we may see this season. Having the players see him secure a new contract on the merit of the work already achieved is such a huge reward, it sends the most positive message out of Meadow Lane and it’s a signal of intent that the football club is moving forwards. Previous seasons I have been nervous seeing players’ contracts dwindle down, whether this was down to not knowing what the following season's budget was, debt, or simply a case of the players being unsure over their futures. The foundations outlined by the managerial team is a big part of any club's success, I know this is football basics but for our club it seems to have been lost within the recent years. So, it’s just good to see the positivity right now. I firmly believe the team performances will improve further, it will just take that moment for things to click on the pitch – hopefully between our strikers we have enough to continue. Yet the goals are coming from all over the pitch, and one area I would love to see Notts score from is a corner – it seems like ages ago since we have done. Though whilst it is early days, we must continue with our support and try to make Meadow Lane as lively as possible – after Jon Stead scored against Swindon Town I honestly feel the Kop shown its potential and this must create a buzz for the players. I’m just very keen to see the work-rate continue, and would actively encourage Kevin Nolan to pen his contract – as I feel he can take the club much further than from the foot of the League Two table to where we currently stand. You Pies! Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  10. Alam Hardy has revealed how one prospective Notts County target - a free agent - asked the club for more than £4,000 a week to join. The Magpies strengthened their ranks throughout the course of the summer and, although there was some mild interest in a number of players late on in the transfer window, nothing came of it. Hardy wrote in the Nottingham Post: "The window closed last week and I was originally of the opinion that deadline day added great excitement. "But, on reflection, it seems farcical that some clubs were left racing around to beat the deadline given they’ve had all summer to plan. "Clubs have months to put a strategy in place, identifying what their team will look like in terms of shape and so on. "You develop a list of players who fit the vision, so it beggars belief that some clubs need right up until the very last few minutes or seconds of the window to do a deal. "Let’s be frank, these clubs are multi-million pound businesses, not corner shops. "Don’t get me wrong, there are genuine cases of managers needing players at short notice, but I think my biggest problem is the hyperbole surrounding the final day of the window, which means fans tend to judge your entire transfer business on the outcome of that 24 hours. "You can sign player after player, but the manager Kevin Nolan and I view this far more strategically than it appears other clubs do. "We pursued some exceptional targets but unfortunately couldn’t get them over the line. It didn't mean, however, that we then started scrambling around for others. "Those players would have been great additions, no doubt, but it was not the be all and end all. "You also have to bear in mind if you bring five players in on the final day, what kind of message does that send to the rest of the squad? "Of course, we still have the opportunity to sign players who are out of contract and there are plenty of those available. "I have to say some of their demands have been off the scale in terms of wages. But it’s like that in any industry at the moment. "In construction, raw materials have gone up by a single digit in terms of percentage, but salaries have risen by 20 to 30 percent. It’s not just football. It’s right across the board. "That’s being reflected in players’ demands. A player was put to us recently and I enquired what he would be after in terms of wages. "He wanted more than £4,000 a week. It’s crazy. Why have they approached a League Two club asking for those kinds of sums? "A lot of these players still feel they can play in the Championship or League One, but if you haven’t played football for a few months, clubs at that level simply won’t take the risk." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  11. As we come up to the eight-month mark since Alan Hardy’s takeover I thought I’d shine a light on his achievements so far at Notts County and highlight some key parts of his ownership in the club. A bit of background on the main reason for the takeover. In February 2010 Ray Trew picked up the club with its priceless heritage and the Meadow Lane ground for £1 after Munto Finance, a firm that claimed to be backed by Middle East fortunes, turned out to be a complete pack full of lies. During his ownership he oversaw Notts winning the League Two title in the 2009-2010 under Steve Cotterill. After the celebrations from promotion, though, it all sort of went wrong for Trew in terms of management. Between 2009 and January 2017, Notts had gone through 13 managers. By 2016 I'm sure many other Notts fans would agree the situation at the club had become an absolute circus. Trew eventually cut his losses and agreed to sell the club to Hardy for a reported £3.5m. Along with the keys to Meadow Lane, Hardy also inherited a commitment to HMRC to pay off the accumulated debts. To put a long story short, finishing 17th in the league just a season before with relegation seemingly on the cards in 2017 and a bunch of outstanding cheques, Hardy had taken on an impossible task of retaining County's Football League status. So, with the club taken over successfully and fans in desperate need of a statement for survival, what was Hardy’s statement? His first step was to appoint a new manager as John Sheridan was shown the door for gross misconduct and verbal abuse of an official, bringing in Kevin Nolan, a quality midfielder for the likes of Bolton, West Ham and Newcastle but relatively untested as manager, save for a short spell at Leyton Orient. At a time where relegation was looking like a real possibility the communication between Nolan and Hardy had to be flawless with no complications. With the takeover and new appointment happening in the January transfer window it was important for Notts to give their squad a real boost for the second half of the season. Marc Bola, Jorge Grant, Josh Clackstone, Tahvon Campbell and Shola Ameobi were recruited, with all but Shola signing on loan. So Hardy was already being praised for the money he had put into the club and the statement him and Nolan had made with the signings by the fans but how did things start to pan out? Nolan managed to start off his Notts managerial career with a home draw against local rivals Mansfield Town. In 21 league games in charge he managed to secure 10 WINS, 4 DRAWS and 7 DEFEATS, for a side doomed for relegation that isn’t half bad. Nolan had turned a relegation battle into a mid-table team in 21 games and the fans were loving it. Attendances started to rise and rise. With Hardy doing constant offers to bring new fans and existing fans to believe and support in a new Notts team. Hardy continues to impress fans by constantly investing in the club and making the Notts County experience enjoyable for all. With the 2017-18 season looking promising we only have him to thank for his decision making and passion for this club. Share your thoughts about this feature article on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  12. Alan Hardy has revealed that Notts County moved for three youngsters towards the end of the summer transfer window. Deadline day came and went without the Magpies making an additional signing, and the club owner claimed that they saw no reason to make a last-minute acquisition. However, he later wrote in the Nottingham Post that Notts had nonetheless still been in the hunt for a player "who we thought would improve us". Hardy said: "I’ve had several meetings with the manager and the outcome of them all was that he was in no way desperate to make any new signings, and that he’s been very happy with the start to the season. "The team’s recent performances justify his relaxed attitude towards making further additions. We have a very good squad and the past three or four games have proved it. "That’s not to say that we didn’t try to bring in players who we thought would improve us. "We attempted to sign a young player from Everton following his magnificent performance against us in the Checkatrade Trophy. "But the deal just proved too expensive, both in terms of the loan fee and his wages. "We also considered a move for a Sheffield Wednesday player who we feel has great potential, but the deal became very complicated because of his contract situation. "It was also widely reported that we were interested in Tyler Walker but Nottingham Forest weren’t receptive to our loan bid following his recent performance against Newcastle. "Of course, it’s frustrating to miss out on targets. But the money we have saved can now be used in the January window, when I’m very confident we will be looking to progress from a position in the top half of the table to make a concerted push for our ultimate goal." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.
  13. Alan Hardy has declared himself delighted with Notts County's transfer business in the summer window and feels there was no need to add to it on deadline day. The Magpies have recruited 11 players on a permanent basis over the summer, as well as two loanees, all prior to 31 August. Most of them have played a role in the opening-month haul of two wins and a draw from their first four League Two games. There was talk of a striker playing for a Championship club having trained with Notts and was looking to sign, but ultimately the window shut without any late additions. Hardy wrote on the official Notts website: "My second transfer window at the helm is now at an end – and what a different experience it was to my first! "Back in January we faced a mad dash to exit our transfer embargo before bolstering the squad with a number of late signings to give Kevin Nolan the best possible chance of keeping us in the EFL. "He comfortably achieved that, as he promised he would, setting us up nicely for the summer. "This window, we were keen to get the bulk of our business done early to allow our new signings to settle in properly before the season began and to help the manager and his coaching staff formulate a strong plan for the season ahead. "I'm delighted with the way our business has panned out and I believe our position in the top seven is a good reflection of the positive strides we've made in the transfer market. "No doubt many of you will have been keeping an eager eye on our website and social media today in the hope of some exciting news, but Kevin and I are happy with our squad and saw no reason to add to it today. "We will continue to explore targets with a view to January but, as always, our selection process will be carefully thought-out with the best interests of the club at heart. "We have faith in this group and believe they are getting better day after day. "Your support, which has been magnificent so far this season, will be vital in helping the players reach their full potential. "Stick with us and let's see how far we can go. COYP!" Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans. Fancy showcasing your brand or business on Pride of Nottingham? Click here to find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities with us.

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