'Anyone who thinks it will all be fine by June is living in cloud cuckoo land' says Burgess Hill Town chairman

Burgess Hill Town chairman Kevin Newell says the season should be null and void.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 10:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 11:00 am
Burgess Hill Town chairman Kevin Newell

And he added that anyone who believes everything will be ok in June is 'living in cloud cuckoo land'.

Bosses of the Isthmian League say they are frustrated they are being left behind in government attempts to help football clubs badly hit by the lockdowns.

League chairman Nick Robinson admitted as much when he wrote to clubs outlining why the league’s board felt the 2020-21 season should be terminated.

Robinson also admitted that whatever decision was made to end or salvage the season, it would not suit everyone. But the league has insisted it is open to ideas which are an alternative to making a second successive non-league season null and void.

But the Hillians are in no doubt how the season should be finished. He said: "From the club’s position, we believe the only fair solution would be to null and void the season.

"We see no prospect of football being played in front of paying spectators and with the bar open before the end of March, and then we have to take account player welfare, the time needed to get to match fitness, weather disruption (no-one would be playing this week for instance) and the need to re-inforce the COVID protocols.

"It has already been decided that the season cannot go beyond the end of May, and to compel clubs to play 2,3 or even 4 times a week is clearly an unacceptable burden on clubs with smaller squads.

"We would support a small round robin type competition in April & May if that was possible, but not one that would relate to promotion and relegation.

"Our view is that it is better to mothball our facility to minimize the expenses we still have to bear (eg rent, electricity insurance & security) with a view to getting going again in the summer when hopefully restrictions will have been released sufficiently to allow that to happen.

"Anyone who thinks it will all be fine by June is living in cloud cuckoo land."