Notts County owner and chairman Alan Hardy has issued the following message ahead of Saturday’s home match against Port Vale.
Firstly, I would like to wish Neal Ardley and his players the best of luck this weekend.
Every game between now and the end of the season is hugely significant and it’s imperative we, as supporters of the club, do all we can to help the team accumulate the points we need.
In line with this, and to ensure the players and staff are able to fully focus on the match without any distractions, I have taken the decision not to attend.
As we all know, there have been several ups and downs since I took over the club in January 2017 and on many occasions it would have been easier - and less stressful for my family – for me to not go to matches.
But as the club’s owner I have always felt a duty to be there every step of the way.
Unfortunately, however, the reaction to recent developments has led me to surmise that my attendance on Saturday would be counter-productive.
I will of course be following the match closely and I hope there will be a big crowd at Meadow Lane to spur on Neal and the team. Please get behind them as much as you can.