In seven months Notts County have gone from a team astounding the football world for all the right reasons to a club on the verge of imploding. It was 14 July 2009 when Munto Finance announced they had taken over the world's oldest football club
Just over a week later Notts were unveiling the former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as their new manager. At the time he said: "I am particularly attracted to this role and the unique opportunity to help build a club over the longer term."
The Sven revolution begins and Notts fans suddenly realise they are in dreamland as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel signs from Manchester City on Friday, 14 August. The fee is undisclosed but reports suggest it could amount to more than £1m
The football world is stunned when, on Tuesday, 25 August, 34-year-old ex-England international Sol Campbell signs a five-year deal with Notts. "This club have got great ambition and I want to be a part of it," said the former Portsmouth man
He added: "Sven played a big role. He's seen the future. It's a challenge but I think everyone connected to the club are prepared for that challenge." Campbell was not fit enough to play immediately. It would be several weeks before fans saw him in action
The goals fly in as summer signings quickly gel. A pre-season win against Nottingham Forest is followed by high scoring wins against Bradford and Macclesfield. Lee Hughes regularly scores. Expectations from supporters and the board are sky high
Magpies manager Ian McParland starts to feel the pressure as his team only draw at home to Burton Albion on Saturday, 5 September. A month later on Monday, 12 October, he loses his job after two years in charge. At the time Notts are fifth in League Two
Sol Campbell quits the club shortly after making his debut at Morecambe on Saturday, 12 September. He tells a Sunday newspaper that he was misled over transfer targets, believing they would sign Brazil's Roberto Carlos and Zimbabwe striker Benjani
Notts County appoint Sven-Goran Eriksson's former assistant Hans Backe as manager on Tuesday, 27 October. He is introduced to the Meadow Lane faithful on the Saturday. He had previously worked with Sven at Manchester City
Notts County executive chairman Peter Trembling takes control of the club for £1 after buying out Munto Finance. Trembling said on Saturday, 12 December 2009: "I would like to thank Munto Finance for the way they have conducted the sale."
Ahead of the game against Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane he added: "They have been responsible for changing the outlook of a club. Now we cherish ambitions to secure promotion this year and deliver sustainable progress into the Championship and beyond."
On Tuesday, 15 December 2009, after just seven weeks as manager, Hans Backe quits Notts County. Backe announced his decision to the players before training that morning. He said he was frustrated by lack of promised investment in the team
Dave Kevan becomes Notts County's caretaker manager and guides the team to the fifth round of the FA Cup after beating Wigan Athletic on 2 February. In the league the team continues to perform well as they try to keep their promotion challenge going
Sven-Goran Eriksson resigns as director of football after a takeover by Ray Trew on Friday, 12 February. The club later reveals there is a 50/50 chance the club will go into administration with their debts now at £6m
On Tuesday, 23 February, 2010, the former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill is appointed as manager of Notts County until the end of the season. Also, Magpies chairman Ray Trew confirmed that sufficient funds have been raised to avoid a 10-point penalty
On Tuesday, 13 April, 2010, Lee Hughes scores his 25th league goal of the season as Notts County beat Lincoln City 3-1. It virtually assured them of promotion. A point on Saturday, 17 April, 2010, against Morecambe will confirm promotion.