One manager's message to fans and players: Let's just forget football for now

Miles Rutherford says it’s time to forget about football.

Miles Rutherford / Picture: Getty
Miles Rutherford / Picture: Getty

The Chichester City manager says there is nothing any manager or player can usefully do for their clubs until it’s known when sport will be able to resume.

Rutherford also said he believed the FA had made the best decision it could have done in the shutdown by voiding the 2019-20 season and expunging results for clubs from step three down.

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Chi have had a great first season at step four, sitting sixth in the Isthmian south-east division and have had a superb run to the second round of the FA Cup.

The season’s write-off means they’ll be in the same division for 2020-21 and Rutherford hopes many of the existing Oaklands Park squad will stay with the club.

He said: “The season’s over and we’ve left players to their own devices. I’m sure they’ll all be staying fit.

“Some are talking about next season starting on time but will it? This lockdown could go on a long time.

“My view is we have to wait until we know when sport can resume and see what we’re dealing with then. There’ll be a mad rush for a pre-season and then we’ll start again.”

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