Anthony Hughes, the Southern League Vice Chairman, believes that it is worth waiting until 22nd February to hear the Prime Minister’s ‘road map’ out of lock-down to make sure that the correct decision is made about the 2020/21 season.
Following the FA survey of all Step 3-6 Clubs, meetings between the Alliance and League Committee’s were held last week to discuss the data collected. The outcome of the season conclusion vote by Steps 1 & 2 that may also having a potential impact on the direction taken lower down the Pyramid, will provide a clear picture when the committees reconvene.
“It seems sensible to wait until we hear what the pathway is from the Government. Just so that we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot unless something totally left field is announced.
Of course, we are in this situation at the moment where we do have a little bit of time on our side because obviously the leagues are suspended and players, are hopefully, on furlough. So it seems sensible to take our time and decide.” said Hughes
“I think it will largely be governed by what Clubs are saying – as long as we can decipher the results of the survey to give us a clear pathway then our decision will be a bit easier. I know people have an appetite of wanting to know, and I understand that completely, Clubs want certainty and direction, and we get that completely. Just in this instance, for the sake of ten days or a fortnight, it’s worth seeing what develops.
Realistically, we are expecting nothing much to have changed, that there will be a partial lifting of restrictions and it will take time to become national, but we don’t want to get caught out.”
The Boards of the Southern, Isthmian and Northern Premier Leagues have publicly stated their belief that the season should be null and void.