Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter has asked for ‘clear leadership’ from the National League, as the uncertainty over the current season and beyond rumbles on.
A club statement begins by explaining: “All clubs in the National League have recently been asked for their submission in regard to finance and their projected losses to the season’s end. We have also been asked our opinion in regard to how the season should conclude and what all the present problems are as we see it.”
Chairman Hunter outlined his feelings as part of his official update: “Unlike some of the bigger clubs, who will have their players on contract until June 30th, we have ten players who become free agents on April 25th, and they will I’m sure want to put themselves and their families safety first, over football, in the next 12 weeks.
“We then have five loan players, who have all gone back to their parent clubs. Our agreements with those clubs run out on April 25th and again I’m sure both the players and their parent clubs, will want to put the player and their families safety first over the next 12 weeks – and so they should.
“That leaves us with just six players to complete the season, and as such, the season for us is over. So on April 25th, my players will be stood down with new offers made to them all and with only their health and safety of any concern to me.
“We all know that any league extension in the foreseeable future can only involve “what if” and “if when” whilst people around us could be losing their lives, losing their livelihoods and if possible myself, my players and my staff will not be involved in that.
“My responsibility is way, way above sport… It involves the life and death of others and as such common sense must and will prevail if it involves me or people wrapped around me. Of course, when it comes to relegations and promotions, that’s all for another day and many more discussions, but that will only happen when the Premier League and EFL make their final decisions.
“But for now the National League can show not just me, but the whole of the football world clear leadership… It can listen to its conscience, it can listen to our Government’s 12 week guidelines but it cannot, I repeat cannot, think that football is somehow exempt from the normal parameters of life, as it’s not and in truth football at our level is in the present climate is an irrelevance.
“So in my opinion, if we can all get to mid-June without putting people in jeopardy, without the loss of a loved one or a life in our communities, then we’ve all won and we’ve all won big.”