Coronavirus: Matt Longhurst Gives his Take on the Situation Following the Suspension of Non-League Football

Coronavirus: Matt Longhurst Gives his Take on the Situation Following the Suspension of Non-League Football

18/03/2020

On Tuesday afternoon the Isthmian Football League announced the suspension of Non-League football until April 3rd owing to the outbreak of Coronavirus. 

Isthmian League Chairman, Nick Robinson, admitted it was difficult to envision a circumstance where the league was able to continue in early April. 

“The likelihood is that matches will not start again on 4 April and in the meantime the League will work with all others in the Game to ensure that Clubs are kept up to date with the latest information.” Robinson said. 

Since the news broke, Ramsgate boss Matt Longhurst has expressed his thoughts on the situation. 

“Obviously this is a frustrating time for everybody within the footballing community, as well as many others outside it too of course,” Matt said. 

“I think it goes to show that regardless of money... managers, coaches and players want to play and it’s probably driving everybody a little bit crazy now there’s no football to play, spectate or watch on the telly.”

“Ultimately the health and safety of all must come first so as frustrating as it may be, if the suspension of all leagues and other events helps improve the current situation then for the foreseeable future that obviously takes priority.”

“The financial impact on smaller clubs will take its toll I would imagine and at the moment we just have to ride it and see where we go from there.”

“Also not being able to train and play will have an impact on some players’ fitness but in this day and age footballers are naturally fit. All the while the gym’s are open I would imagine a lot of our players will use those.”

“If the season gets extended then I would expect our players’ holiday’s would have already been cancelled anyway so that shouldn’t be a major issue for us.”

“It’s a completely different situation to what we are used to but it’s important to see out the next couple of weeks and reassess the situation from thereon.”