Barrow boss Ian Evatt has lashed out at National League clubs for proposing a void league this season.
Evatt’s club, who effectively play in the fifth tier of English football, mirror Celtic’s position in that they’re clear at the top of the table.
However, the National League came to a decision on Wednesday that the title race cannot resume given the current global pandemic (The Sun). That would mean that Barrow, who sit four points clear with seven games to go, could effectively lose their chance to reach the EFL.
And Evatt has let out his rage in comments published by the Sun. Here’s what he’s had to say about the prospect of a void season:
“I don’t see how you can, in the interest of fairness, void the season when some teams in our league have only got seven games to play. If this was halfway through the season or under, you can completely understand voiding a season.
“But we’re talking about, from some clubs’ perspective, seven games. Seven games away from completing the season. You cannot, you cannot, null and void it.”
The finish line is in sight
The National League has been ongoing for the last seven months – exactly the same as the Scottish Premiership. If there is a void verdict then that would render all of those months of football and hard work pointless.
The Sun has reported that the National League has asked for the FA to make a final judgment on how to end the campaign. It’ll be interesting to see what they come back with.
Celtic and the Scottish FA will surely be keeping an eye on all leagues in England to see what the outcome is. A void verdict in the National League wouldn’t help our own case.
However, there are clear differences. Celtic, for example, sit 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership. Barrow are only four clear in the National League. So you could say the size of the gap leads to the idea that the Hoops can’t be caught.
But this is the first time we’ve heard from a manager being threatened with a void season. You can see the anger and the injustice of it all.
It’s clear some leagues are looking for more urgency in their decision-making now. It remains to be seen if the SPFL follow suit.