‘We’ve already started talking about January transfer targets,’ reveals Notts County chairman Alan Hardy – Alan Hardy


While we may only be in the embryonic stages of the season, it’s hugely important that, as a football club, you don’t stand still and continue to drive onwards and upwards.

We have put a lot of emphasis on revitalising the matchday experience at Meadow Lane while also improving the facilities, but obviously the main focus is what happens on the pitch.

I have been absolutely amazed at how we have started the season, and seeing the team sitting second in the table ahead of the game against Newport on Saturday is an absolute credit to the manager and his players.

They have exceeded everybody’s expectations and there is an unmistakable buzz about what this season could have in store for us come May.

Notts County Chairman Alan Hardy

But I think it’s crucial we don’t stand back and just admire the job that has been done so far.

We want to keep pushing forward, which is why the future is always a topic of conversation here.

We have already started talking about the January transfer window and discussing potential targets who can aid us in our quest for success this season.

We have, of course, already signed Liam Noble. We were absolutely delighted to bring him in given our much-publicised chase for him in the summer.

I don’t think there is any doubt about his quality and I am sure, under Kevin Nolan’s leadership, he will thrive in this environment.

We were willing to pay big money for him so to get him on a free is not just a great deal in terms of what he will bring on the pitch, but also on a business level.

With Liam being a massive Newcastle fan, I don’t think he could be at a better a club given we play in black and white and are called the Magpies!

Notts County chairman Alan Hardy (right) is happy to back Kevin Nolan in the transfer market (left).

Not only that, he is working alongside a number of iconic ex-Newcastle figures here – players who I am sure Liam looks up to and who can help him improve on the undoubted talent he has.

We are always looking to improve the squad and, already, we have been contacted by agents about players that may be available to us in January.

Given the extraordinary progress we have made as a football club, both on and off the pitch, there’s no denying the fact that players want to come and be part of what we are trying to achieve.

The league position obviously helps immensely, but I think a lot of players from the outside looking in can see the ambition we have to make this club a huge success.

Whether they are strikers, midfielders or defenders, the list of players is growing by the day so already we have spoken about what we may potentially need come the New Year.

It’s made for some fascinating conversations and, as I’ve expressed numerous times, I will back the manager in helping him fulfil our vision for this great and historic football club.



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