Chester have said they will be seeking ‘a full breakdown of the financial commitments and operational requirements’ for participating in the play-offs before committing to take part.
The National League North promotion hopefuls have been seeking to safeguard the future of the club, in light of the current pandemic, as well as Stuart Murphy’s recent withdrawal of financial support. Chester have reiterated today that while they strongly wish to compete in the play-offs, they will not risk the long-term future of the club.
The club explain: “We strongly believe in upholding the sporting integrity of competition and would relish the opportunity to complete the campaign on the pitch. However, we are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis and the primary focus of the board is to ensure the long-term financial security of the club, which will be paramount in our decision making.
“Before any decision can be taken about whether the club will participate in the play-offs, the board will seek from the National League a full breakdown of the financial commitments and operational requirements for clubs, including testing, the duration of the play-offs, which will dictate player costs, the availability of any financial support for clubs and any matchday costs clubs will be expected to meet given the joint liability in place for play-off fixtures. Only once all of this information has been received will the board be in a position to fully assess the financial implications associated with participating in the play-offs.”