Solihull Moors chairman Darryl Eales has said that the club’s wish is for the current season to be completed.

Speaking in his latest matchday programme notes, Eales outlined his thoughts on the funding issue surrounding National League clubs.

“The debate has been intensified recently as the government has changed its position on supporting clubs with grants to compensate for the loss of revenues arising from ‘behind closed doors’. This is undoubtedly a blow for all clubs and certainly was unexpected, as the indication was given when we agreed to start the season that the grant funding would continue for as long as fans could not attend games.

“The decision not to continue this support is curious as well as disappointing. If the consequence is that the season is suspended, then first-team staff and players will need to be furloughed, and this will actually cost more than the grants!

“The new lockdown has also compounded the already-precarious funding position of clubs, and accordingly and understandably, a growing number of clubs, especially in the North and South, would like to suspend the season. The range of ownership structures places different financial pressures on clubs, especially those that are supporter or community trust-owned.

“From a Moors perspective, we are fortunate to have a broad shareholder base, committed to funding the club over the long-term. On this basis, our position is to keep the season going and ensure, above all, that there is promotion to League Two!”

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