Bridlington boss Brett Agnew admits to doubts over future in football after season scrapped

Bridlington Town player-manager Brett Agnew has blasted the decision by the FA to null and void the NCEL Premier Division season due to coronavirus.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 9:07 am
Brid Town boss Brett Agnew and assistant Ant Bowsley

And the Seasiders chief is so frustrated by this move, and what he feels is a soft approach in the modern game, that he may well leave his role as manager as he is not sure whether he is going be involved in football any more.

All non-league football below National League level was ended on Thursday afternoon after discussions between the FA and the various leagues, and all results rendered null and void from the 2019-20 campaign.

Town were fifth in the table, with 13 league games left to play and pushing for a promotion spot, when play was halted last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Agnew said: “Obviously there will be some that are happy, and some that are disappointed, about this decision.

“For me I’m disappointed, yes for all involved with Bridlington Town, especially chairman Pete Smurthwaite, who will lose revenue.

“But I am also disappointed for the top three teams, Staveley Miners Welfare, Liversedge and Yorkshire Amateur, as everyone knows my thoughts where that the league standings should have stayed as they were and the three teams at the top go up.”

Agnew admitted: “It’s took a lot out of me this season both on the field and off and decisions like this makes me dislike football a bit more every time.

“The game is not about the fans or players anymore and we have too many wet wipes involved with football nowadays, so I’m going to take the months ahead to evaluate whether or not I want to be involved with it anymore. Time will tell.”

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