Port Vale’s rivals Stevenage say relegation fight is not over



Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace says his club’s fight to avoid relegation from League Two is far from over.

His club have finished bottom of the table after Macclesfield were only deducted two points by an independent panel last week for failing to pay wages.

Had they been docked one point more, the Silkmen would have finished bottom of the table on points per game. Instead Stevenage now face relegation providing the National League can satisfy the EFL board that they will be able to stage the 2020/21 season.

Wallace told his club’s website that he hasn’t ruled out legal action.

He said: “It is what it is. We will be looking closely at that with our legal advisors this coming week when we see the reasons and we will have to see where it goes from there. Is it over? No, it’s most definitely not.

“Looking at our own situation, it has been a horrendous season from just about every perspective with certain distractions to the season unforeseeable, but what has gone, has gone. We know what went wrong, we know the mistakes made and from now on we only look forwards, with a determination never to be in this position again.

He praised manager Alex Revell and said his development gives him hope for the future.

Stevenage released 22 players last week as they prepared for next season.

The owner added: “I have to be honest and admit we have a huge financial hurdle to overcome when we get back playing, no matter which league we are in. It will just be a much bigger hurdle with relegation. We will continue to fight, but if we are relegated by artificial means, then it won’t be for the want of trying to ensure fair play and sporting integrity.

“However, if relegation happens then we will take our place in the National League and focus on being an exemplary member of that League, whilst trying to regain our EFL status. I have lost all the sleep I am going to lose over a forced, artificial relegation and I am now focused on the fact that I had 10 good years in the Conference (now National League) so I have absolutely no problem embracing that again.

“The crucial thing is that we get winning back in our Stevenage DNA again, whether that is in League Two or the National League and that we stay as one team – directors, management, players and fans.

“Our signings this season will have to be staggered as we have no idea when we will start playing again, but we have pencilled 1st August as our date to resume training for a 12th September start to the 2020/21 season.

“That move will be costly if we have to embrace the testing protocols and bring our players and staff back from furlough without income. To be frank, I am not sure we have the funds to survive for long if we are forced to play matches with no income.

“We will need all the help we can get from our fans and the Stevenage community to ensure our club survives this crisis. We are OK for the moment, but the crunch time will come when furlough is no longer available, as that is our only source of income right now.”





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