National League round-up: ‘The season is over’ – Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter delivers bold stance on coronavirus suspension ahead of league meeting

Boreham Wood have mounted a significant play-off challenge in the National League during the 2019-20 campaign but chairman Danny Hunter has accepted ‘the season is over’ due to the coronavirus outbreak.
National League logo (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)National League logo (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
National League logo (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The season is currently suspended due to the pandemic with no clear picture as to when it will resume.

A National League board will be meeting on Tuesday this week to discuss how to conclude the current season. The meeting will have input from owners of each of the National League’s 68 member clubs, considering the financial and logistical restrictions posed by suspending the season for an undetermined amount of time.

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With Boreham Wood having just six players contracted past April 25, Hunter made a clear statement via the club website.

“As I see it, the season is over for Boreham Wood FC,” said the Wood chairman.

“It’s not a discussion, there are no if’s or maybe’s which I know is disappointing for everyone who loves our club. I appreciate in regard to the play-offs, that this is the strongest squad we’ve ever had and we’re right in there amongst it.

“At that point, trust me the National League will have a seat and a voice at the table, and the Premier League, English Football League and our Government are all going to move heaven and high water to ensure everyone is looked after.

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“But for now I’m asking the National League to show us all clear leadership, and put any club’s self-interest aside.

“That is not going to be easy as our board are, of course, made up of people who may have self-interest at heart as some of their clubs will have huge financial black holes.”

Elsewhere, Wrexham manager Dean Keates believes the National League will have some big calls to make.

“There are massive calls to be made and difficult decisions,” he told the Evening Leader.

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“Ultimately, that is why people are on these panels to make these decisions and the right decision needs to be made for everybody. How that works or how that happens, I have no idea.

“It will be interesting to see what our league does because it is all going to be about timescale.”