Linnets’ National League season null and void - reports

PUBLISHED: 11:18 25 March 2020 | UPDATED: 14:48 25 March 2020

Ian Culverhouse, Paul Bastock and King's Lynn Town will have to wait until next week for the answer to how their season will end. Picture: Ian Burt

Ian Culverhouse, Paul Bastock and King's Lynn Town will have to wait until next week for the answer to how their season will end. Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town owner Stephen Cleeve says there can be only one sensible solution to determine what happens next after reports that National League officials are to scrap the rest of the season.

The National League has reportedly voted to end their season now due to the coronavirus crisis, declaring it null and void with immediate effect.

But that decision now has to be ratified during talks with the FA - and confirm who goes up and down.

The Linnets are second in the National League North table, two points behind York City but with two games in hand.

There is only one automatic promotion place, with the second being decided by play-offs. If a points per game policy was applied, then Lynn would be top - and Cleeve is adamant that is the logical step.

“I have had no official confirmation or otherwise from the league on this,” he said.

“But if the season is to end now, it is clearly a straight-forward binary decision – abandon it or go on PPG, points per game.

“One of the key things in this is the fact that League One is minus one club because of Bury going out of business, so there needs to be some sort of promotion, to balance the books if you like.

“From a personal viewpoint I couldn’t care less what they do but I guess the least litigious way is that no team is relegated and the top two go up, on PPG.”

Lynn’s position clearly supports the PPG argument, but Cleeve insist its remains logical.

“We have played something like three quarters of the games and you can’t take current form into it, you take the form from the whole season,” he said. “Anything else would make a mockery of it.”

All professional football has been suspended until April 30, at the earliest, but the Premier League and EFL have already decided they want to complete their season’s fixtures in some form or another and no matter how long it would take.

The Isthmian Premier League, the Northern Premier League and Southern Leagues – which make up steps three and four of non-league – said they are “unanimous in wanting to terminate the 2019-20 season immediately” but could not determine the final placements until the National League has officially reached a decision.

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