Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor hopes to carry on with National League season despite concerns of an early end

Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor is hoping his side get the chance to carry on their good work following calls for the season to stop.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 12:30 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with the football season once again with many matches being postponed over the opening three and a half months of the campaign.

In addition, National Lottery grant funding given to National League clubs for the opening three months of the season has ended with no plans in place for further grants.

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Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor during the Vanarama National League match between Hartlepool United and Kings Lynn Town at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Tuesday 8th December 2020. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Instead, clubs will be able to apply for a loan as part of the Government’s £11 million package for the remainder of the season.

This has caused a lot of uncertainty over the future of the campaign with many clubs insisting that they cannot continue unless given assurances of further financial support.

Due to the lack of matches played as well as many clubs having up to six games in hand on others, any decision to end the season as it stands would not result in a points per game decider as we saw last season.

And with Hartlepool sitting second in the National League table after 17 matches, Challinor is hoping to see the season play out safely.

“We’re not in a bad place and January is a quiet month for us to be fair but February through May are really hectic months for everybody as it stands,” he said.

"You just hope we get the opportunity to carry on because the rumours that circulate, there are more calls for football to stop and if that’s the case, there’ll be concerns on how to finish the league.”

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