Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz’s takeover of National League club Notts County has been completed.
The world’s oldest professional football club, which was founded 157-years ago in 1862, was facing being wound up over an unpaid tax bill but the takeover means the club’s immediate future should now be secure.
County, who had been put up for sale in January by outgoing owner Alan Hardy, were relegated from the English Football League (EFL) for the first time in their history in May.
A statement issued by Danish brothers, Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz, said: “It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce today that we are the new owners of Notts County Football Club.
“We are delighted that the deal has been completed, and that the uncertainty about the club’s future has come to an end. We can now all shift our focus towards the exciting new football season which is just around the corner.”
They added: “We would like to say that we feel very proud and humbled to be in charge of this fantastic football club. We know how important Notts County are to the fans and to the city of Nottingham, and we can guarantee that we will do our utmost to bring success to the club.
“It is now our responsibility to carry forward the great traditions of Notts County, to ensure that the world’s oldest professional football club endures, and last, but not least, to win an awful lot of football matches!”
BBC East Midlands Today sports editor Natalie Jackson commented: “The announcement will come as a massive relief to Notts fans, who were fearing their club could be wound up.
“It means they will not start the season in the National League 12 points down and will have owners who Hardy says are “very credible”.
“There has been endless uncertainty since Hardy put the club up for sale, with Notts being relegated and deals seemingly stalling at various stages.
“He had great ambitions for the club. He is a local businessman who had the best intentions and was warmly welcomed when he first arrived. Notts almost won promotion from League Two in his first full season as owner.
“But last season he sacked two managers and things could not have gone any worse on and off the field. Notts fans have had a truly terrible 12 months and will hope this is the start of a new era – albeit outside the Football League for the first time in their history.”
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