North Ferriby United owner Jamie Waltham has said the club is unsustainable in its current guise.
Waltham says the National League North football club are not suited to the level of football they play given their small fan base, and would benefit playing lower league football with Ferriby’s league position better suited at a football club located elsewhere in the region.
The Ferriby owner has told the Mail he has already made enquiries regarding the possibility of Ferriby’s league position, whether in National League North or, as is likely with an expected relegation this season, the Evostick Premier Division, being transferred to a side run out of a different location.
While Waltham isn’t specific with regard to the exact location it’s understood the hope would be to establish a team out of Dunswell based at Dene Park, the former home of Hall Road Rangers and current home to East Yorkshire Carnegie.
The details at present remain sketchy, with Waltham not offering total clarity, seemingly unsure himself at how any process could work or whether it would even be considered by the Football Association.
“North Ferriby need to play in North Ferriby, I 100 per cent get that, but do they need this level of football?” Waltham told the Hull Daily Mail.
“Would the level of football Ferriby play at be better served in a different location where supporters can enjoy it and make the most of it?”
Waltham purchased North Ferriby United from the Forster family late last year, having previously played for the club. Waltham’s plan appears far from detailed at this stage with the owner offering some confusion as to the mechanics of how it would work. However, it would appear to see Ferriby effectively having to start again, most likely at Humber Premier League level, with their league position passed on to a side playing out of Dunswell.
It would be a dramatic fall from grace of five divisions for a club that last season were a National League side at the highest level of non-league football in this country. There is already growing anger among supporters, who see this move akin to when MK Dons were established after leaving Wimbledon, with a new Wilmbledon club left to pick up the pieces in the area and rise from the ashes.
Pointing to the number of fans the club have and the cost of running the team, Waltham says Ferriby cannot continue playing at such a high level of football.
“Sustainability must be key and this club has not been sustainable for a long time,” added Waltham. “Going back to Les Hare’s time running the club it was always a struggle.
“North Ferriby United has been unsustainable for a long time and will continue to be so and continue to fall.
“I’ve had 10 weeks since coming in and assessed everything and we’ve had to cut the budget by a third, we’ve cut it massively. We’ve brought in more local players and you can see positive signs in recent results, but the club cannot continue at this level as things are.”
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