Linnets to continue National League season with threadbare squad

King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse, Rob Back and Stephen Cleeve

King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse, left, with director of football Rob Back and owner Stephen Cleeve - Credit: Ian Birt

King’s Lynn Town’s season has been saved. 

Owner Stephen Cleeve has produced a financial package which has the support of manager Ian Culverhouse. 

It is understood that a small number of players will be placed on furlough and so are unlikely to play a part in the rest of the club’s National League season. 

Several others are not eligible for furlough payments but the financial trimming required to ensure the Linnets can complete the season is likely to leave Culverhouse with a threadbare squad. 

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It also seems likely that he will need to recruit a number of players to fill the substitutes’ bench. It is understood several players have contacted the club offering their services for free. 

"We are going to be playing the next two games, at Notts County and at Woking on Saturday," said Cleeve.

"We are in discussions with a small number of players regarding furlough to ensure we will be able to get through these unprecedented and dangerous times. We will be fulfilling these next two fixtures."

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It is understood that the commitment is to see out the full season.

The first test this week will be one of the most difficult – away to one of the pre-season promotion favourites Notts County, who are seventh in the National League, on Tuesday night. 

Culverhouse already had selection issues, with defenders Ross Barrows and Rory McAuley joining Aaron Jones on the injury list while and Kyle-Callan McFadden suspended. 

Should the Linnets manage to see out the season successfully it means they will avoid possible FA charges over failure to fulfil fixtures, the punishment for which could be fines, loss of points or demotion. 

The issue was brought to a head when grant funding, which had enabled the season to begin last October, was taken off the table, leaving clubs to apply for loans instead – something many have been reluctant to take on. 

The club has launched a pledge scheme, which has already raised a five-figure sum, having appealed to the football world for help.

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