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Notts County owner Alan Hardy puts club up for sale with team marooned at bottom of League Two

Alan Hardy has put Notts County up for sale Credit: PA

Notts County owner Alan Hardy has "very reluctantly" put the club up for sale after stating he needs to concentrate on his other business interests.

The Nottinghamshire businessman bought the club just over two years ago but has admitted defeat in his attempts to balance all this interests.

Hardy had to apologise this weekend after accidentally posting an inappropriate picture of his anatomy on social media but insists neither gaffe nor County's position at the foot of League Two has had any influence on his decision.

"After considerable soul-searching, I no longer feel I can continue as the owner of Notts County Football Club," he said in a statement.

"I would like to make it clear from the outset that the club's current league position is not a factor in this decision, nor are any of the events which have unfolded in the media this weekend.

"Everyone at Meadow Lane remains staunchly committed to preserving our proud status as the world's oldest Football League club and, until a new buyer is found, I will continue to support that aim.

"The truth is, my efforts to restore Notts County's fortunes over the last two years mean my other businesses have had to take a back seat.

"They are now in need of my full attention."

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Notts County sack former Liverpool and Leeds winger Kewell

Harry Kewell has been sacked by Notts County after 14 matches in charge of the Sky Bet League Two club. Credit: PA

Harry Kewell has been sacked by Notts County after 14 matches in charge of the Sky Bet League Two club.

Australian Kewell signed a three-year contract to replace Kevin Nolan at Meadow Lane in early September.

The 40-year-old former Leeds and Liverpool player managed just three victories with County, leaving them 22nd in the table.

Ex-Leeds and Man United star given Notts County job

Alan Smith has been a player at Notts County for 18 months. Credit: PA

Former Leeds United and Manchester United player Alan Smith has been put in temporary charge of Notts County.

The ex-England international takes over from John Sheridan, who was sacked on Monday, and will lead the team until a permanent replacement is found.

The most important thing right now is for everyone - players, staff and fans - to stick together.

There’s no getting away from it, it’s been a very, very disappointing season so far. But there are lots of points still to play for and we are determined and confident of putting things right.

The fans are doing their bit. Our following at Cambridge, given our recent form, was phenomenal. As players and staff we have to repay that loyalty.

We have some huge games coming up, starting at Morecambe on Saturday and, until a new manager arrives, I will be working closely with Mark and the rest of the staff to hopefully lead an upturn in our fortunes.

– Alan Smith

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Mansfield leave it late to down Notts County

Substitute Matt Green bagged a brace as Mansfield scored two stoppage-time goals to snatch a 3-1 victory in an absorbing local derby with Notts County.

The Stags had roared ahead when striker Green came on in the 54th minute and netted with his first touch seconds later.

Pat Hoban nodded the ball down to him in the box and his finish found the net via a deflection off Richard Duffy for Mansfield's first home goal in 440 minutes of football.

Matt Green came off the bench to score two. Credit: PA

It seemed Notts had rescued a point when Alex Rodman scored with another deflected finish from a Vadaine Oliver nod-down eight minutes from time.

But a minute into added time Matt Tootle tripped Mal Benning in the box and Green dispatched the penalty high into the top-left corner.

And there was still time for fellow sub Darius Henderson to out-muscle two defenders in the box and steer home a low finish - his first goal for the club - to seal the Stags' first home win in five and first league victory since August.

Cooper takes over as Notts County boss

Notts County have appointed Mark Cooper as their new manager on a deal which will initially run until the end of the season.

Jamie Fullarton was sacked by the Magpies following Saturday's heavy 4-1 defeat at home to Exeter, just 69 days and 12 games after taking charge.

Owner Ray Trew has moved swiftly to bring in Cooper, 47, on an incentivised deal, meaning if the former Swindon boss reaches an agreed points total it will automatically result in a permanent contract.

"I said on Saturday that what we need now, as a club, is stability, as we look to resolve the change of ownership and that is why I have turned to Mark to bring his experience and knowledge to the club to help turn things around on the pitch," Trew said in a statement.

Notts County part company with Moniz

Ricardo Moniz. Credit: PA

Notts County have parted company with manager Ricardo Moniz.

Coaches Dave Kevan and Dean Yates have also left the League Two club.

The Magpies have won just two league games since October and sit 15th in the table following their relegation from League One last season.

Academy boss Mick Halsall and under-21 team coach Richard Dryden will take interim charge of the first team, the club said in a statement.

Former Red Bull Salzburg and 1860 Munich boss Moniz lasted less than nine months at Meadow Lane, having been appointed in April.

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