Alan Hardy has claimed the potential new Notts County owners, which could be in place within a month, could take the club to the Championship.
It comes a week since Hardy’s company Paragon reportedly went into administration and HMRC issuing a winding-up petition over unpaid bills – leading to some saying that would be the final nail in the coffin for their Football League status.
The end of January saw him put the club up for sale and has recently seen two offers made for the Magpies, one visited last Friday, a second came on Saturday and a third group also interested but not made an offer.
Hardy is sure that the groups would pass the EFL’s owners and directors test and that they are not put off by the current situation.
He told Press Association Sport: “They’ve both said it’s a journey we’re on, and both have said what they want to do is get to the Championship.
“Both have the funds to do that. One proof of funds I have seen had £900m in the bank.
“They both know they’re in the hunt and at some point I’ll offer exclusivity to one but it’s not just about the money, they’ve both hit that mark.
“It’s about what they’ll do with the club, how much investment will you put in, what does the journey look like.
“The talks have been really positive and I think it could all be wrapped up within a month.
“This is the toughest period of my life, ever.
“I spent 33 years building Paragon and it was sold for diddly squat on Monday. Two and a half years ago I was offered £25m for it!
“I brought in the new CEO a week before Notts County needed rescuing – all the stars were aligned! But he comes in and the company goes through the floor.
“To say I was distracted is an understatement. You can talk about taking your eye off the ball. I took my eye off the pitch.”
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