Notts County have announced the departure of manager Neal Ardley.

The former AFC Wimbledon boss leaves with his assistant Greg Abbott following ‘an amicable meeting’ with owners Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz.

A statement from the owners begins: “We wish to place on record the huge respect we have for Neal, both as a manager and a man. He stuck by this club through some of its darkest hours and has played a leading role in stabilising us following a devastating relegation, helping to maintain a close connection between the players, staff and supporters in the most trying of circumstances.

“We will never forget the job he did in guiding us to last season’s play-off final at Wembley and some of the excellent performances he has extracted from the team during our time at the helm. It has also been pleasing to see an upturn in recent results, including another spirited fightback last night, and we understand, therefore, that this announcement may come as a surprise to our supporters, who we know share our view that Neal is an excellent ambassador for the club.

“We do not, however, apply short-term thinking to decisions of this magnitude. We consider many factors which far outweigh our results in the last few matches, and these deliberations have ultimately led us to conclude that we can be better, and that a change is needed to take us to the next level.”

Read more: https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2021/march/neal-ardley-departs-240321/

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