After a dire season in League Two, Notts County were relegated with a 3-1 loss to Swindon Town on the final day of the season.
One of the founding clubs of the Football League, the Magpies will spend next season playing non-league football for the first time in 130 years.
The club has had a turbulent 2018-19 season, with three different managers and a host of financial problems off the pitch.
Manager Neal Ardley, who took over the club in November, said: “The National League is littered with really good old Football League clubs and ultimately there is no quick fix here.”
“Relegation is always a chance to start afresh.”
Ardley was unsure as to whether he will be hired again next season but insisted that he was not looking to “jump ship”.
Club owner Alan Hardy also hinted that the club is on the verge of a financial takeover from a mystery bidder.
The future is unclear for the Magpies but a return to the Football League is something that will be target from the outset next season.
Notts County fans took to Twitter to show their support to the 157-year-old club. Here’s what they said:
— CP83 (@Coppice83) May 5, 2019
I'm sure I don't need to tell you, but whilst relegation hurts, it can be a good thing in the longer term. A chance to pull together, win some games and get the momentum going again. Best of luck to Argyle and Notts County for next season. 🙂
— rtid75 #GTTO (@rtid75) May 5, 2019
Saddest football story of the day without doubt is the relegation of #Notts County
Original members of the Football League, the oldest professional club in the world. Let's hope for a swift return.
— peter brown (@peterrichardbro) May 4, 2019