‘League Two cancellation would be premature’

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince: “I’ll be disappointed if we can’t play because I think we can, or will be able to some time in June”

Last Updated: 15/05/20 8:50pm

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Hear what Forest Green Chairman Dale Vince has to say about the cancellation of the League Two season
Hear what Forest Green Chairman Dale Vince has to say about the cancellation of the League Two season

Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince says the cancellation of the League Two season would be premature.

On Friday, clubs in the fourth tier voted to end the season early, pending approval from the EFL and FA, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ll be disappointed if we can’t play because I think we can, or will be able to some time in June,” Vince told Sky Sports News.

“It would be nice to finish the season properly and that would take away a lot of the niggly issues that are going to come from ending it prematurely.”

The clubs also voted unanimously that three teams should be promoted to League One, the promotion play-offs will still take place, and that no team should be relegated to the National League.

Forest Green Rovers, managed by Mark Cooper, were 11th at the time League Two was postponed
Forest Green Rovers, managed by Mark Cooper, were 11th at the time League Two was postponed

As it stands, Crewe Alexandra, Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle occupy the automatic promotion slots, with Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United and Northampton Town sitting in the promotion play-off places. Stevenage sit bottom.

Vince added: “I’m aware during the meeting there was talk of auto-promotion for teams in those slots, but they may not have held on to them if the other ten games had been played.”

At the moment Forest Green are 11th, nine points away from the play-off places in the League Two table.

“It’s also unfair for that anybody that thinks they could make it,” Vince said. “Like us, we thought we could make it… Long shot, but we thought we could.”

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Sky Sports News reporter Aidan Magee has the latest on League Two after the clubs unanimously voted to end the season early
Sky Sports News reporter Aidan Magee has the latest on League Two after the clubs unanimously voted to end the season early

‘Bigger issues ahead for League Two’

Cheltenham secretary Paul Godfrey fears the problems for League Two clubs are just beginning despite the division nearing a resolution.

It is anticipated next season will start behind-closed-doors and Godfrey is concerned how clubs will cope without gate receipts.

“We don’t know when we are going to be coming back for next season. That’s the bigger issue than finishing the current one,” Godfrey told the PA news agency.

“When will it be safe to have fans back in the stadium again? Only then can you start earning a large part of the revenue.

“We would be OK until the autumn but you cannot go on forever. If you are looking at no crowds until January that would give us a major problem.

“It is clear from the meetings we’ve had in League Two that there are some clubs who are going to reach that point sooner than we are.”

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Source : Sky Sports