National League decision expected next week as Hartlepool United and rivals prepare to vote plus Premier League funding revealed

A vote on whether to end the National League campaign early is to take place, with a decision expected next week.
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The 2019-20 campaign has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak and no games have been played since March 14 in the fifth tier.

The National League board has come up with a proposal - which they are recommending all clubs in the top three divisions (National League, National League North and National League South) approve.

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That proposal is to cancel all fixtures up to and including April 25.

Hartlepool United's Victoria Park ground.Hartlepool United's Victoria Park ground.
Hartlepool United's Victoria Park ground.

If approved, then another vote will determine how the leagues are settled in the North and South divisions and then the National League, with promotion/relegation play-off games one option being considered.

Pools are currently ninth in the National League table, two places and three points adrift of a play-off spot having played 39 games before the season was suspended indefinitely.

No news of the decision is expected until next week.

A letter to clubs from the National League board, seen by the BBC, says: "The board has approved an ordinary resolution for clubs, that the playing season shall immediately end for all fixtures scheduled up to and including 25 April 2020. The board recommends clubs vote for this resolution.

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"If the ordinary resolution is passed and the remaining 'normal season' league matches of the season are cancelled, the league will then immediately proceed with a poll of North and South clubs to determine the outcomes of the season across those divisions.

"This will be followed by a vote to determine the outcomes of the season in the National Division.

"The appropriate options to determine the outcomes of the season are being diligently prepared, and will be approved by the board before they are sent to clubs in due course."

Meanwhile, the National League board has received £2million of funding from the Premier League as part of a £125million advancement of payments due to the EFL and National League in August.

Each National League club will receive £58,333 and £13,636 each to those in the North and South divisions.