Notts County’s financial problems continue to mount after staff went unpaid on Friday.
The players are considering calling in help from the Professional Footballers’ Association to help pay them in the meantime, with the union said to be monitoring events closely.
Meanwhile, the club is attempting to prepare for its first pre-season friendly of the summer when they tackle Nuneaton this weekend.
It is the same day Notts fans are planning a protest at Meadow Lane as they seek answers over the club’s future, with concern mounting over Notts’ financial position.
Our Notts writer Leigh Curtis has been covering events, and he is now online to take your questions.
If you would like a Notts question answered then you can submit them in the box below.
Right that’s it….
Still got plenty to do. Sorry for the late web chat.
Maggle: Feeling horny after the statement but been let down after this feeling so many times before
Thank you, Maggie. You mean this statement? https://www.nottinghampost.com/sport/football/football-news/alan-hardy-provides-fresh-notts-3042469
Kop Pie: Hi Leigh, I’ve noticed there’s a protest on Saturday at Notts County’s ground. Will you be there?
Hi Kop Pie, I won’t be as I will be heading to Nuneaton, but somebody will be there.
Kai Williams: What do you think of AH statement
Hi Kai, have just read it. Pleased to see the talks with May have ceased although why it has taken this long I really don’t know. Common sense prevails on that score. We’ll see what transpires in the coming days. But we’ve been here so many times before.
Coventry Pie: Do you know how long it is before the players can walk away after not being paid – guessing they can claim their contracts have been broken after not being paid?
Hi CoventryPie, have rang the PFA but am awaiting for them to get back to me to inform me what the players’ options are. I don’t hold out much hope of a quick response if I am honest.
James Moore: Hi Leigh, what a sorry state our Club is in at the minute ! Have you had any word with Mark Stallard in the close season or recentley ? I was wondering what his take is on the situation. I guess you havent heard anything from any of the Staff/Players regarding the take over talks ? Anything new to report ? Thanks James
Hi James, I’ve known Stalls when he came to play for Lincoln and obviously he’s a Notts favourite. Spoken to him across the summer numerous times. I’ve done several pieces with him about Notts. Good talker, but loves a cliche! But he always told me that it’s only a cliche because it’s true! Which is absolutely right. Heard nothing more on the takeover other than AH telling Lilian Greenwood that three are jostling for position.
Simo: Gday Leigh , various rumours abound with regard the current employment status of Messrs Ardley and Cox – if it’s to be assumed they were also not paid on Friday are you expecting the pair of them to look for alternative employment- and are you aware of any contact they or the club has received from the LMA ?
Hi Simo, I think it would depend on what happens over the next week to 10 days. I have not spoken to the LMA but would be very surprised if they were not aware of the situation.
AdamPie: Do you think you will have access to speak to the Manager on Saturday at Nuneaton?
Hi Adampie, I am not putting my house on it that is for sure. The players have been back more than a week now. I suspect while this situation remains ongoing we will not hear from the players/manager. Shame for the fans, but that’s the way it is. Twenty years ago I would have just picked the phone up. Can’t do that anymore sadly!
Pete: I’m assuming this third group is the Danes, who is actually bank rolling them? The football index lot don’t seem to have the financial clout looking at the accounts?
Hi Pete, two of that Danish group are from Football Radar and are brothers. I do not know who makes up the rest of the consortium. Yet to find out whether they have firmed up their interest with an offer. But they’ve certainly been having a look around the club.
A plea from Eric the Pie………
Chairman come and go, some may have success while others ultimately fail. Alan Hardy, I do not believe you set out to fail but your ego, unwillingness to listen to those advising you, closest to you and the fans have led to our downfall and predicament we find our once Notts County in. The past year has been the worst in the clubs long history, history I sincerely hope continues – long after you have passed on the reigns – and pass them on you must – for you are merely a custodian of the club and it has severely failed under your stewardship. One thing your failure has brought, it’s brought us fans closer together, stronger, but broken. We are all feeling tired and broken. Administration would be the last resort, but doing nothing and gambling with the courts is not an option. You cannot let the club fold. Do not let that happen on your watch. Do not make that your legacy. Please allow us to rebuild, as when you depart for sure we’ll struggle – but we will be back stronger than ever for this whole sorry episode. If as you claim you are a fan, surely you must understand it cannot go forwards with you involved. It’s is always darkest before the dawn. Please ensure we see the sun rise once again.
Stocky: Hi Leigh, there is a person, who comments regularly after articles which appear in the Notts section. He/She states they are close to the club and have made some interesting comments, and a few have turned out to be true. The latest is that Neal Ardley is about to resign. Should this prove to be true then Jim O’Brien wont be coming back. As you have been unable to speak to Neal, could you hazard at guess, if this comment is true or not?
Hi Stocky, I wouldn’t be surprised if he quit and you couldn’t really blame him given the position the club are in. He could have chucked his cards back in January, but opted to stay. I hope he doesn’t quit because I believe he is a thoroughly honorable and decent man. He is very well liked by all the staff behind the scenes. He clearly cares, but also has a career to think about although I suspect nobody would have expected him to tear up trees this season given the club’s predicament. If anybody expected him to be challenging this season then they need examining. This is not going to be a quick fix.
Declan: Hi Leigh, hope you are well. Hardy said he accepted an offer on April 4th. Why, almost three months later, is there still no definitive front runner?
Hi Declan, have absolutely no idea. I think we’d all love the answer to that question. On May 22, I thought the deal with the SA was just about there. But now there’s three buyers jostling for position. It’s been a situation that’s just ever-changing and that’s why people have lost patience.
LondonAndrew: Do you think fans will ever learn that ‘sugar daddy’ economic model is prone to these weaknesses. Egotists, opportunists, even well-intentioned fans (like Hardy) cannot run clubs like emperors! Existentially, its either a supporters trust model or perpetually hobbling from crisis to crisis… on our knees begging from some bored millionaire to part with their cash.
Hi LondonAndrew, football has created its own problems. The sheer financial divide from the Championship to L1 and L2 is absolutely massive. And unfortunately it leads a lot of clubs to gamble because they want to gain some of the rewards. It’s long been an argument of mine that there is no financial parity but the Championship wags the tail. It’s not going to give up anymore money anytime soon so the situation is just going to continue. Bury, Bolton, Notts, and I suspect there will be many more. It’s now a full on boom or bust culture.
Noggin the Nog: Hi Leigh – great to see the Post challenging Mr H today for some answers. Do you think you will get a reply! I am also v concerned the May consortium has still not been openly dismissed by the Club as a prospective buyer-why do you think this is?
Hi Noggin, I spoke to the PR firm representing the May/Dodd consortium last week and they confirmed that talks were ongoing. I asked about the funds and they said the money was there to complete the deal. I didn’t get any notion that they were about to pull out of discussions. And the club is yet to make any statement regarding it after claiming that May’s role was only in an advisory capacity. Since then, we’ve heard nothing. It offers more questions than answers at the moment – and am not expecting them either.
Josh: Hi Leigh, along with the first team pre-season fixtures, there were a number of reserve/youth pre-season fixtures that were announced. With the playing squad so small, can we still expect these friendlies to take place?
Hi Josh, that’s probably a question for the manager to answer. But we haven’t been able to speak to him yet and I don’t see that situation changing anytime soon.
Maggers: I bet this is the most enjoyable time to be a journalist given everything that’s going on?
Hi Maggers, I can honestly say I take zero enjoyment out of this whatsoever. Notts is a great club, I have made many friends and I am very sorry to see what is happening. The supporters and the staff don’t deserve it. It’s very stressful and I am desperate for a happy resolution like the fans are. It would be nice to talk about the football, but that’s impossible at the moment given everything that is going on.
Bit of a late one today. But we are are ready to go.
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