Torquay United manager Gary Johnson says he wants the top division of the National League to become more aligned with the English Football League after the coronavirus pandemic break is over – making it the fifth tier of professional football.

The National League top flight and its North and South divisions were ‘suspended indefinitely’ yesterday as the coronavirus crisis entered April.

Non-League football’s Steps 3 to 7 had their seasons scrapped last week – but the National League is likely to fall into line with what the Football League does. Speaking before yesterday’s announcement, Johnson said: “We are hoping that they will come back to us pretty soon to take away all the doubt and all the worries – so that we know a little bit more about what they are looking to achieve in the near future and then the long-term future.”

Johnson continued: “My hope is that they start bringing in the National League with the Football League – and we all come under the same alignment, as it were.”

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