Boston United boss Craig Elliott hopes National League clubs can 'stick together and accept each others' views' during funding row

Pilgrims boss believes lack of clarity from governing body could cause divisions...
Craig Elliott. Photo: Oliver AtkinCraig Elliott. Photo: Oliver Atkin
Craig Elliott. Photo: Oliver Atkin

Craig Elliott hopes clubs in the National League North and South can be willing to 'accept each others' views' as the funding row drags on.

The Boston United manager has criticised what he believes is a lack of leadership from the National League this season, accusing the governing body of creating 'uncertainty' by failing to make 'clear decisions'.

He fears this will lead to heated exchanges and divisions.

Elliott admits he can see both sides of the argument and hopes the clubs can 'stick together' and remain respectful in the long term.

"Getting news in drips fires everyone up and I can see the clubs having a go at each other, which isn't healthy," he said.

"We have got to stick together as clubs and, as the National League, and unite a bit.

"You shouldn't be insulted because you want to finish a season, that's a positive thing. But, in the same breath, I totally understand teams who don't want to play because of their own reasons.

"Again, this all comes because there's no leadership and clarity. It's all speculation."

Last night 13 clubs - including Curzon Ashton, who the Pilgrims are due to face on Saturday - issued a statement declaring clubs unwilling to commit to the campaign at present should be allowed to have their fixtures suspended.

United themselves issued a statement last week declaring they wanted the season to be completed, with some fellow clubs following suit.

Others have baulked at suggestions they should carry on the season by accepting loans, instead of grants, after the £11m National Lottery support funding ended in December.

"Teams shouldn't be having a go at each other. We should stick together, respect each others' views and opinions and unite," Elliott added.

"Hopefully, things will settle down and we can move forward. I just want a decision, there's too many people getting messed about.

"I want someone to say this is happening - whatever it is - so we can get on with it."

Clubs have been asked to indicate how they want the season to pan out after being sent voting slips on Monday.

From the National League North, Boston, AFC Fylde, Gloucester City and Chorley have made it clear they wish to continue.

Darlington and Bradford Park Avenue want to cancel the season while Chester have issued a statement calling for the current suspension of the league to be extended.

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