Darlington manager Alun Armstrong has described suggestions of continuing the current season for some teams in a mini-league format as ‘the worst thing I’ve ever heard’.

The idea has been mooted as a way for clubs deemed to have a chance of success in 2020/21 to continue to pursue it.

Speaking to Darlington’s website, Armstrong gave his thoughts on the proposal:

“This rubbish I’ve heard and seen about letting the clubs that can afford to continue do so is the worst thing I’ve ever heard. A so-called mini-league or consolidate the NLN and NLS teams together that want and can afford to continue; it’s just another example of the haves and have-nots with money dictating who can and can’t play.

“I repeat and will continue to repeat alongside every other club that all clubs want to continue, but they can’t afford it, through no fault of their own. The majority of the teams in the NLS, some teams in the NLN and even some in the NL must have thought Christmas had come early with the original grant funding handed out by the league, receiving way more than they would get on a normal monthly basis.

“Remember it was for lost gate revenue, yet the majority of those clubs only get gates of 400-500, so they were heavily subsidised. You don’t have to be a mathematician to work out that the well-supported clubs in all three leagues, including ourselves, were massively sold short with the way the money was distributed.

“That could easily be the main reason why no more grant money has been forthcoming from the DCMS. Who knows?”

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