The whole thing has been spectacularly and woefully mismanaged by the National League. That’s no great surprise given the farcical nature of things around the end of last season when it took weeks and weeks for them to make any sort of decision.
The handing out of funding has been at best opaque. There are now accusations flying around that clubs agreed to start the season on the basis that they’d been assured by the League that all Government funding would be available in the form of grants. The DCMS have stated that no such assurance was given to the League, that they had told them that funding would be in the form of loans. Someone, somewhere in a position of authority has lied. In a big way.
That clubs are voting based on what suits them best is no surprise.
If we had a governing body that was even halfway competent they would be stepping in as a matter of urgency and doing everything possible to safeguard the future of clubs, overriding the absolute shitshow at National League towers. It’s a disgrace that we don’t have that. If one single club goes to the wall as a result of this mismanagement, those at the top of the tree in the FA and National League should be put up against the wall of a select committee hearing and pelted with blunt objects.
Someone very well connected on a football WhatsApp group I’m on has said he wouldn’t be surprised if the National League itself failed to survive in its current guise. Clubs and supporters are beginning to lobby Vanarama to pull their sponsorship and he suspects there will be clubs resigning from the league en-masse if, of course, they’re still in existence.
This is steps 5 & 6 of the English game, not ‘elite’ football in the slightest. The National League and Conference before them have long had absurd delusions of grandeur. All that’s coming home to roost and it’s beyond disgusting that the survival of clubs are being caught in the crossfire.
I really hope common sense is finally seen and that no club goes to the wall.