Non-League coach hoping Premier League clubs filter some money down to non-league sides

Friday, March 27th, 2020 2:44pm

Former Premier League player, now Bognor Regis Town coach, Robbie Blake spoke about the financial situation clubs in the lower leagues might find themselves in over the coming months.

Times are tough at the moment for football clubs however they may be getting even harder. 

Yesterday it was announced that all leagues in England below the three divisions that make up the National League will end immediately and "all results will be expunged". The National Leagues- National League, National League North and National League South- meanwhile continue to decide how best to conclude their respective seasons. 

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A statement announcing the news on the Football Association's website declared: "The NLS and the women’s football pyramid were able to build a consensus amongst their leagues and, where possible, aimed to create a consistent approach across all leagues, whilst taking into account the unique characteristics of each individual league.

"As a result, The FA and NLS steps three to six have reached a consensus that their 2019-20 season will now be brought to an end, and all results will be expunged. This will mean no promotion or relegation of clubs between NLS steps three to six, and no promotion to NLS step two."

Therefore with no more games to be played until the start of next season, lots of potential revenue streams have been wiped out. 

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Andy Hodgson yesterday spoke to former Burnley midfield Robbie Blake, who is now a coach at Bognor Regis Town- a club who has had their results this season expunged. When asked how clubs in the Isthmian Premier League Division, including Bognor Regis Town, will cope financially, Blake acknowledged that lots of clubs need help.  

"I think one thing that Jack Pearce and Simon Cook- obviously Jack's the manager but also he's a big part of the pack you know behind closed doors sort of things that goes on at the football club- they've run the football club very professionally and very well. 

"And I think we are one of the teams that is okay I think to be fair. I think in the situation, listen, it's very difficult for us but I think where the club has been run over the last 5 to 10 years, it's stood us in good stead for these sort of situations.

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"And yes, we're not blessed with loads of money but we are a team that probably will survive in terms of hopefully we get back in the late summer time. We know we might be alright but there are certainly loads of clubs around here that it's going to affect massively.

"We just hope that they, the top hierarchies of football- the Premier League and wherever the FA- we can sort of try and find something to help these clubs out because having played football at highest level and have now coached at this level, you understand how much goes into the voluntary work that people do at these football clubs and how much it's their life.

"And for teams for our level to become, in terms of extinct, would be very, very poor. 

"And we just hope that with the amount of money that they have at the top, they could just filter down a little bit so just to help these clubs out."

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