Darlington manager Alun Armstrong says that clubs wanting to ‘continue at all costs’ with the season due to their big spending leaves ‘a rather bitter taste’.

Armstrong was speaking ahead of the decision yesterday evening to officially null and void the current season in the National League North and South.

He said as part of a detailed update to the club website: “I’m pretty certain the majority of part-time clubs will be covered by the furlough but don’t forget clubs still need to find money to top up the extra 20% or the player can leave for free, which could again suit the so-called rich clubs, giving them rich pickings of other clubs’ best players.

“One thing I was told last week was unbelievable. A club bought a player only last month for around £40k, paid the player a four-figure signing-on fee, another four-figure sum for relocation and a four-figure basic wage per week, but obviously he can’t be furloughed because he was signed after the furlough deadline, so that could be well over £100k down the drain.

“Not only is that unbelievable for this level, but to me, that is absolutely baffling considering the situation the National League was in at that time, so no wonder they want to continue at all costs, even if it means putting other clubs’ futures at risk.

“That leaves a rather bitter taste.”

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