Aylesbury FC say they are facing relegation this season, regardless of where they finish in the table.
Currently third-bottom in the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central, the club have announced that failure to meet ground grading requirements is set to see them relegated. As part of a statement, the club explained the following:
“One of the main stipulations was regarding the changing areas, specifically the total floor area in each of the three changing rooms, whilst the home and away changing rooms are very close to the minimums needed the officials room would be considerably undersized. After consultations with a local building contractor and his surveyor we were advised that a major reconstruction would be needed to achieve the minimum requirements.
“This project would need to be completed by March 31st, if not we would need to have planning/ finance/ and a guarantee from the contractor that these works would be carried out by an agreed date. We were informed that failure to achieve the ground grading would result in relegation.
“The club began the process of putting together a plan regarding the funding and management of the project to achieve the ground grading, but unfortunately very soon realised that the deadline was simply not achievable. Earlier this week we were contacted by the league to discuss this situation and were assured that there would be no exceptions, the FA have made this very clear to them.
“The decision was taken to make this announcement as relegation is now unavoidable despite all of the hard work undertaken by the management, players and all the staff at the football club.”