‘Absolutely no clarity’ – Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor hits out at National League regarding Weymouth rearrangement
“I have no idea if we’re playing Weymouth at the weekend or not.”
The words of a frustrated Dave Challinor after Hartlepool United were informed over a week ago that their National League match against The Terras, scheduled for April 24, would be moved to the final day of the 2020-21 season on May 29.
The National League board gave the fixture rearrangement the green light yet, as of Monday morning (April 19), nothing has been ratified.
“There’s absolutely no clarity on the situation and I’m not happy about it,” Challinor said.
"We picked a team on Saturday [at Wealdstone] looking after Luke [Armstrong] with the hope that we can give him some downtime ahead of Chesterfield on the bank holiday weekend.
“I have no idea if we’re playing Weymouth at the weekend or not which is the fault of the National League. They need to do something about it because they made the decision that the game would be moved to the last day and gave the go ahead but Weymouth haven’t been overly forthcoming, which I understand.
"From our perspective, we need to know. We’ve got to plan a week and we’ve got players travelling home and we need to know what we’re doing with them throughout this coming week and that obviously changes if we have a game at the end of it.
"It’s an important game but we’re non the wiser. We were told there would be a definitive answer last week and now [as of 9:30am Monday morning] we’re still no further forward so it’s something I’m not overly happy about.
"Someone needs to take responsibility at the National League.”