Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter has said that the club will ‘cease football operations’ unless there is a change to the current situation regarding support for clubs.

Following up on his recent announcement that he was standing down from the National League board due to the current scenario, Parmenter has today said:

“I have (as promised) run the club without debt for 15 years and I do not intend to change that now. I firmly believe that the survival and future wellbeing of the club, its staff, supports and the wider community must come first.

“Taking the right action now will ensure that we can survive and start again next season (assuming our normal revenue streams are available by then). Therefore, unless the situation changes in the next couple of days, I will have no option but to furlough all staff, cut all possible expenditure and cease football operations.

“The current situation has taught me one thing; with the costs of surviving in the National league rising exponentially and our income is not, the club needs more backing than I can offer alone. It is my intention to open the door to interested parties who wish to invest in Dover Athletic either partially or in its entirety.

“I continue to do everything I can to help the club navigate this greatly challenging time and hope that together we can get through this and come back stronger.”

Read the full statement here

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