Hartlepool United see 2019/20 season SUSPENDED - as National League near big decision

Hartlepool United have seen their 2019/20 season suspended indefinitely – with the National League having opted to extend their initial hiatus.
Hartlepool United have seen their 2019/20 season suspendedHartlepool United have seen their 2019/20 season suspended
Hartlepool United have seen their 2019/20 season suspended

All of Pools’ fixtures up to April 3 were already postponed, but the league have now confirmed that the season will be suspended ‘indefinitely’ as the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to affect life in the UK.

In a statement released today [March 31] the National League also reiterated their desire to consult with clubs over the ultimate fate of the season – and are obtaining specialist legal advice ahead of their big decision.

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The full statement read: “The National League Board met earlier today and has reviewed its prior decision to suspend the competition until at least 3rd April 2020.

“In consideration of the very serious and unprecedented national public health emergency caused by the coronavirus, the Board has taken the decision to suspend the National League, National League North and National League South competitions indefinitely.

“The National League is currently obtaining specialist legal advice, is consulting regularly with The Football Association and other stakeholders, and is committed to involving its member clubs in a pending decision on how best to conclude the 2019/20 season.”

Pools have already taken measures to deal with the financial repercussions of the coronavirus, with all players taking a 20 per cent wage cut.

Meanwhile, a number of staff have been furloughed with a small number warned of redundancy as the club look to cut their cloth.