The National League have said that the ‘broad consensus’ from its clubs is to ‘close the season as soon as possible.’

With the current uncertainty surrounding the fate of the 2019/20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Boreham Wood have shared a statement from National League CEO Michael Tattersall to member clubs. The statement reads:

As many of you will know, The National League held a Board discussion yesterday (Monday), which was the third such meeting in 11 days.  The broad consensus was that our Clubs wish for a decision to be made to close the season as soon as possible. 

The National League attended a further meeting last night (by video conference) with The Football Association, and The FA have been asked to assist us with making the decisions to officially postpone all remaining National League fixtures and to end the season as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts.

The National League is also working with the FA to define all reasonable and practical options for the determination of the 2019/20 season, and to provide guidance to Clubs on dealing with player contracts, player registrations and the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. We will continue to press for updates and will ensure that any further information is relayed to Clubs as soon as it is received.

The League is very aware that Clubs are looking for answers and greater certainty, and we remain focused on delivering these in the most timely manner possible. Please keep the flow of information going with the League’s Directors and staff, and be assured that we will respond as soon as we can when updates are available on the various issues.

Finally, thank you to all Clubs for submitting financial questionnaires. The data and comments have been reported to The Football Association, and we will continue to press for urgent additional assistance to be made available to National League and other non-league clubs.

Above all we wish everyone a safe and healthy passage through these turbulent times. 

Boreham Wood add that the club’s chairman Danny Hunter has had ‘further detailed discussions with Michael Tattersall, in order to clarify the league’s hopes and its position going forward, and to ascertain exactly what this statement might mean to member clubs, to our staff, players, supporters and to our wider communities.’

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