Notts County owner Alan Hardy says he can no longer continue to manage the club because he is involved with other business that needs more attention.
“OUR POOR PERFORMANCE IS DUE TO A LACK OF INVESTMENT”
Hardy bought the club from Ray Trew in 2017. In a statement he said: “As a Nottingham-born man, I take huge pride in being able to say I took on the challenge of owning the world’s oldest Football League club at a time when its only alternative fate, according to my predecessor, was extinction.
“The football-related creditors had to be paid up immediately, otherwise Notts County would have ceased to exist.
“Initially the challenge was to avoid relegation, which we were able to achieve, and last season we qualified for the play-offs, only to lose out against Coventry in highly questionable circumstances.
“Clearly, however, this season has been an incredibly difficult challenge and one of monumental under-achievement, which has left us once again fighting for EFL survival.
The announcement was made shortly after Hardy apologised on January 27 for an “honest mistake” on Twitter of an inappropriate photo. But he says the main reason for putting the club for sale was not due to the Twitter post.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support me through what has been a very difficult time. Later this evening I will be deleting my account as I feel this is in the best interests of the football club, my family and myself. 1/3
— Alan Hardy (@Bigalanh5) January 27, 2019
He has chosen to delete his account but says he will continue to back the County manger Neal Ardley in the journey to restore the club.
The club has 17 remaining games to save its EFL status. Hardy says he has spoken to two interested parties about investing in the club.