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Ex-Notts County owner Alan Hardy said to be interested in takeover of Grimsby Town

The ex-Notts County owner, Alan Hardy, is reportedly said to be interested in takeover of League Two club Grimsby Town.

He has been out of football since he sold the Magpies back in the summer, however whilst one set of supporters are glad to get rid of him, he looks potentially annoy another by acting as an official advisor to lawyer Colin Dodd.

Nottinghamshire Live reports that the club are in takeover talks with Mr Dodd, who failed in a takeover bid at Meadow Lane during the summer.

Hardy wouldn’t be investing in Grimsby, but as mentioned be there to give advice and also redeem himself from mistakes he created at Notts County which saw the club relegated from the English Football League for the first time in their history.

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His time at Meadow Lane ended around the same time as his company Paragon Interiors owed more than £13.5 million to hundreds of creditors before it collapsed into administration.

He then sold the now National League side to Danish duo Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz in July before also offloading non league side Ilkeston Town.

On Sunday, Hardy tweeted: “Looking forward to making an exciting announcement in the next 48 hours which may surprise a few people!”

Local businessman Tom Shutes was the leading candidate to buy Grimsby, however that deal seems to have fallen through with Fenty saying at the club’s annual general meeting in November that Shutes had to “put his money where his mouth was”.

Grimsby are keen to move away from their current stadium and build a new home at the docks, though they need to increase their revenue streams to ‘fill the gaps’ and also give them a push up the League Two table having fallen behind many sides.


After reading up that ex-Notts County owner Alan Hardy is said to be interested in a takeover of League Two club Grimsby Town, fans gave their reaction and plenty wanted him to stay away – see those tweets on the next page.


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