Neal Ardley offered a staunch defence of Notts County’s start to the season, insisting he is still trying to “sort out” the mess of a chaotic summer at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies were held to a goalless draw by Solihull Moors on Tuesday night, which kept them in mid-table and four points off the top seven.

Some fans booed at the final whistle, despite Notts having lost just once in their last six games in what has been a solid, if unspectacular opening to the campaign.

But following a summer of financial uncertainty which only ended when the club was sold by previous owner Alan Hardy to Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz at the end of July, Ardley says the club still has problems to address.

They were only able to conduct their transfer business just over a month ago after an embargo was lifted just days before the season began.

And having only had a month together with a new squad, Notts manager Ardley says expectations they would hit the ground running was always going to be a tall order.

“We haven’t set the world on fire,” he said.

“But anybody who thinks we should be given we are one month into the season, with the situation we were in, are unrealistic.”

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