Published: 06:00, 02 May 2020
Ebbsfleet United are hoping news of a decision on their future comes soon.
The National League have cancelled all remaining games but the decision over which teams to promote or relegate, if any, remains an unanswered question. It’s expected to be resolved next week.
Director of football Steve Lovell admits the current wait is doing them no favours.
Lovell said: “We have just got to wait for the league to make a decision on where we are going, we can’t do anything.
“You can’t plan anything and you don’t know how to plan anything because we don’t know what the league will say regarding where we are going to be.”
Fleet are in a precarious position, finishing just one position above the relegation places. If all results are expunged then they are free to plan ahead to another season in the National League.
If the league decide to finish with placings as they are, again they will be safe. But if they decide to go down the route of judging positions on average points per game, then they will drop a place into the relegation zone.
“We need to know what they are doing,” said Lovell.
“We have got players we are keen to talk to, we’ve got targets, like any other club, people we would like to get in but until we have an idea of what the National League are going, you can’t do anything.
“We have to wait and see and as soon as a decision is made, perhaps we can start making things happen, but it all depends on when the next season is going to start. There are a load more questions that need to be answered before we can have a plan in place.”
Like most teams at their level, player contracts expired at the end of April. Fleet may want to renegotiate with some of those but don’t even know when a new season is likely to begin.
Lovell appreciates it’s a tough call for the league to make, with so many different opinions.
The former Gills boss said: “The majority of the league is about promotion and relegation and that is why it is difficult for the league to make a decision on what they are going to do.
“At Ebbsfleet we understand that but a decision has to be made somehow and hopefully it is one that suits us. If it is by average points per game then we go down by 0.001 of a point or something, that is not fair really. We will ave to wait and see.”
Teams at the top could be disappointed too. The EFL have indicated that if their season isn’t concluded then no team will be relegated, meaning just one place instead of two for teams coming up from the National League.
Barrow lead the way, four points ahead of Harrogate Town, who might well have fancied their chances of clawing that back with nine games remaining.
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