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Thompson expresses his thoughts about the remaining days of the league

Tuesday19 January 2021 | 21:24
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"The frustrating thing is that if the season was to end, we would end up putting all of our players and staff on furlough and it would cost more money in furlough money than we would get in a grant." Thompson said.

The national league's season will be discussed in a meeting on Wednesday as the league has run out of the £10 million that the government paid at the start of the season.

This money was paid at the beginning of the season in October, it was fully spent before the end of the season.

Thompson, sitting on an NL board meeting, said that it is less likely to end the season on Wednesday's meeting.

He hopes that government would pay further money as a grant rather than a loan. He has expressed this idea to them and he hopes that they accept this request.

He said:

“I don’t know how that has gone, a letter was sent to the Secretary of State on Friday. I don’t know whether there has been any response to that.

“We’ll know within the next couple of weeks. The decision would have to be made before the end of January.

"The frustrating thing is that if the season was to end, we would end up putting all of our players and staff on furlough and it would cost more money in furlough money than we would get in a grant.

“That doesn’t make sense, we would be better off playing.

“I think clubs quite rightly feel aggrieved and I know there are a lot of people saying had we known this when we kicked off, that if supporters weren’t going to be let in then there wasn’t any more grant money available it would have to be in the form of loans, then they could have made a conscious decision back in September on what would be the best thing for them to do.

“What is going to happen I really can’t say. I don’t want the season to be curtailed I want the season to be played, we have started the season, we have signed players and that budget didn’t account for any supporters through the gate.

“I think there will be some football clubs struggling."

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