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Notts County owner Alan Hardy to stay at Ilkeston Town

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Alan Hardy will not step down as owner of Ilkeston Town after putting Notts County up for sale. 

Hardy purchased the Midland Football League Premier Division side in July 2017 and oversaw promotion in his first year.

He decided to list Notts for sale on Sunday, who could find themselves in Non-League next season as they sit eight points adrift of safety in League Two, just hours after accidentally posting a picture of his penis on Twitter, which he has since apologised for.

Ilkeston have told supporters that he will be staying put. A statement read: “In light of recent press reports regarding the prospective sale of Notts County FC, we would like to confirm the position to end any speculation surrounding Alan Hardy’s commitment to Ilkeston Town FC.

“We can confirm that any future developments in this respect will not affect Alan Hardy’s status and ownership of Ilkeston Town FC. We maintain a healthy and ongoing relationship with Notts County FC which we hope will continue for many years to come.

“Since Alan Hardy’s formation of the Club, we have gone from strength to strength. Promotion in our inaugural season has been followed by a strong challenge for the title again this season. The Club’s objective and focus remains firmly on winning the Midland Football League Premier division this term.

“We thank you for your unwavering continued support, please do get behind Lee and the players for what will be a critical time for our promotion campaign.”

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