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Chairman Alan Hardy admits he regrets Notts County takeover

Notts County chairman Alan Hardy admits he now regrets ever buying the club – which his wife told him not to do in the first place. The Magpies were relegated from the Football League for the first time in the club’s history at the end of the season following a 3-1 defeat by Swindon. County – who had won only nine league matches over the whole campaign – lost their proud status as the oldest Football League club, having been formed in 1862. Hardy’s company, Paragon Interiors, went into administration during February this year, but he said last month he was close to selling the club, who owe HM Revenue and Customs £200,000 in unpaid taxes. A winding-up petition was adjourned by the High Court until June 5 to allow more time for the proposed deal to be completed, as reported talk...

Derby County boss Frank Lampard to be next Chelsea manager?

Chelsea reportedly identify Derby County boss Frank Lampard as the man who they want to replace current head coach Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea are reportedly planning to make a summer approach for Derby County manager Frank Lampard. The Blues have finished in third place in the Premier League standings this season, while the West Londoners are also preparing to face Arsenal in the Europa League final. However, the future of Maurizio Sarri remains in doubt, and it has been suggested that the Italian will be sacked regardless of whether he ends the campaign with a trophy. According to Sport Mediaset, Chelsea have already identified club legend Lampard as the man who they wish to appoint as Sarri’s replacement. Lampard has guided Derby to the Championship playoff final, with the Rams settin...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Preview: Leeds United vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Leeds United and Derby County, including team news and predicted lineups. Leeds United are in control of their Championship playoff semi-final against Derby County as they take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal 55 minutes into the controversial first leg in the East Midlands to leave Leeds’ destiny in their own hands. Leeds © Reuters As witnessed in the Champions League last week, and indeed in the other playoff semi-final between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, a one-goal lead is hardly enough to be comfortable. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted as much after Saturday’s match, pointing out that there are still 90 more minutes to play in...

Preview: Derby County vs. Leeds United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final first leg between Derby and Leeds, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Derby County and Leeds United face off at Pride Park on Saturday evening in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final. The Rams finished nine points worse off than their opponents at the end of the regular season, yet they are the side in better form heading into this showdown in the East Midlands. Derby © Reuters Whereas Leeds have had a couple of weeks to gear themselves up for the playoffs, giving Marcelo Bielsa the luxury of being able to rotate his side slightly, Derby did not nail down sixth place until the final day of the campaign. A 1-1 draw with Swansea City in their penultimate game left the door open for Middlesbroug...

Notts County lose status as Football League’s oldest club

Magpies were founded in 1862. Notts County have been relegated from the Football League for the first time in the club’s history. The Magpies’ relegation was confirmed with a 3-1 loss to Swindon on the final day of the season, Macclesfield and Sol Campbell surviving in their place. Neal Ardley’s team had to win at the County Ground to stand any chance of avoiding the drop as they went into the final day of the season in 23rd place in League Two, two points behind the Silkmen with an inferior goal difference of eight. Notts County’s players face up to relegation (Julian Herbert/PA) Relegation means Notts County, who have won only nine league matches all season, lose their proud status as the oldest Football League club, having been formed in 1862. That mantle now pas...

Preview: Derby County vs. West Bromwich Albion – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship clash between promotion chasers Derby and West Brom, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. There is plenty to play for at Pride Park on the final day of the Championship season as promotion chasers Derby County and West Bromwich Albion face off. West Brom are already assured of a playoff spot and are now jostling for position with Leeds United in third, while Derby occupy sixth place and are being chased down by two other sides. Derby © Reuters Derby had the chance to effectively kill off the playoff battle when playing their game in hand against Swansea City in midweek, only to play out a 1-1 draw in South Wales. Richard Keogh opened the scoring for the Rams a quarter of the way into the match, before Wayne Routledge popped up 66 ...

Neal Ardley: ‘This is as big a game as Notts County have ever had’

Notts County boss Neal Ardley has told his players not to think about the magnitude of the situation as the oldest Football League club prepare for arguably the biggest game in their history. The Magpies have contested FA Cup finals, play-off finals, won league titles and staved off relegation numerous times during their long and illustrious existence since their formation in 1862. But they will lose their proud status as the oldest Football League club on Saturday if they fail to win at Swindon. Even victory would not be enough for them to stay up if Macclesfield, who have a far superior goal difference, get a point at home against Cambridge. Ardley, who became Notts County’s third manager of the season when he succeeded Harry Kewell in November, insists he and his team cannot affor...

Profile: Notts County – a club in trouble

Notts County are on the brink of relegation to the National League. Notts County could be relegated from the English Football League for the first time in their history on Saturday. The second-bottom Magpies are two points adrift of safety heading into their final League Two game of the season at Swindon. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some things you may not know about County. Oldest club Notts County were formed in 1862 (Nick Potts/PA) Formed in 1862, Notts County was universally recognised as the oldest Football League club. Although its official formation followed two years later as the ‘Notts. Foot Ball Club’. In 1888, the Magpies became one of 12 founder members of the Football League, having previously played a game of its own devising rather than associat...

Result: Derby County miss chance to all but secure playoff spot

Derby drew 1-1 at Swansea as Frank Lampard‘s side failed to get the win that would have all but booked their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. Richard Keogh‘s first-half header looked like giving Derby a handsome advantage over seventh-placed Middlesbrough ahead of their final game at home to West Brom on Sunday. But Wayne Routledge‘s 66th-minute equaliser means Derby go into the last day of the regular season with a one-point lead over Middlesbrough while Bristol City, a point further back, also remain in the play-off equation. In the end a draw was probably a fair result, with Derby the more polished outfit before the break and Swansea energised after it to protect an unbeaten home league record that stretches back to December. But boss Lampard might rue the ...

Result: Ross County secure Scottish Premiership promotion

Brian Graham scored twice in a 4-0 home win over Queen of the South. Ross County sealed their return to the Ladbrokes Premiership in emphatic fashion with a 4-0 home win over Queen of the South. Needing only a point to book their place back in the top flight at the first time of asking, a brace from Brian Graham and efforts by Ross Stewart and Joshua Mullin ensured they won the Championship in style. Victory took the hosts nine points clear of second-placed Dundee United, who have only two games left to play. Stewart opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a glancing header from the impressive Mullin’s cross. Mullin was the provider again in the 50th minute, whipping in a cross following a short corner for Graham to this time head home. Mullin got the goal his performance deserved...

Result: Brian Graham hat-trick puts Ross County on brink of promotion

The Staggies need a point from their last two games to clinch the Championship title. Brian Graham scored a timely hat-trick as Ross County all but secured their promotion to the Ladbrokes Premiership with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory at Ayr. The Staggies’ nine-point lead over second-placed Dundee United, who only have three games remaining, and huge goal-difference advantage means they are now highly unlikely to be usurped from top spot. Graham missed an early chance from a corner before play-off hopefuls Ayr took the lead in the 11th minute, Calvin Miller scoring at the back post from a Nicky Cadden cross. Ross Doohan tipped a Graham header over the bar as the Staggies fought back and, four minutes before the break, the latter smashed home from nine yards by connecting with a fin...

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