National League clubs ‘fear that Brian Barwick’s exit will affect the likelihood of more bailout money’
National League chairman Brian Barwick confirms his departure, with the former FA chief resigning at the end of the season after fierce criticism from clubs for his handling of the pandemic and emergency government funding.
- Chairman Brian Barwick will step down at the end of the season
- The former FA chief has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic
- The National League received a £ 10 million bailout package in November
National League Chairman Brian Barwick has confirmed he will step down at the end of the season, as revealed by Sportsmail in February.
The former FA director has been criticized by many clubs for his mismanagement of the government’s £ 10 million emergency funding, with the North and South National League being declared null and void earlier this season.
Barwick described last year as the most difficult of his career and confirmed that he had told the board in February that he would be stepping down.
National League Chairman Brian Barwick is retiring at the end of the current season
Some non-competitive clubs now fear the government will not provide more bailout money
The allocation of resources created a major fuss, especially the decision not to divide the money directly in proportion to lost revenue.
This resulted in smaller top division clubs receiving nearly double what they normally earn in ticket sales, while others lost tens of thousands of pounds every month.
“I’m very comfortable with my decision,” Barwick said of his resignation.
It’s a time of life. I’ve been doing this for six years and had a great time with it. I wanted to give back to the sport.
The government arranged a £ 10 million bailout for National League clubs in November
‘But last year was the most difficult of my career. I have done my best to weather this crisis. It blew us out of the water.
‘I decided on Christmas it was time to step down. I’m 67 in June and I’ve been in sports and sports broadcasting since 1979.
‘I formally told the board at our meeting in February. They were surprised and very supportive. ‘