Southam United boss Richard Kay ready for resumption of football
SOUTHAM United manager Richard Kay is planning for a resumption of the season following the release of the government's coronavirus roadmap on Monday, writes David Hucker.
Under the roadmap, organised sport will be allowed from 29th March and Kay is waiting on confirmation from the Football Association and the Hellenic League as to whether the current season will be resumed with the club ready, if necessary, for fixtures to be played until the end of June.
But, with indoor hospitality not allowed until 17th May affecting opening of the clubhouse and limits on social contact not being fully lifted until the final phase on 21st June, whether spectators would be allowed is still up in the air and, without the revenue flows, clubs may not be prepared to take on the cost of resuming fixtures.
Whatever the outcome, Kay's squad will start training from March, ready to continue playing, or as a prelude to an extended pre-season programme for 2021-22.
Two new signings have been announced in Kieran Brady, a left-sided player who can play wide or at full back, who has signed from Buckingham Athletic, and centre half Ryan Webb, who has joined from Crick AFC, having played previously in Germany whilst serving in the British Army.
“We have planned for two scenarios,” said Kay.
“The first being if the current season resumes, which looks unlikely as clubs need secondary incomes to cover matchday costs.
"The second scenario if the season is expunged again and planning turns towards next season.
"The players will return to training at the end of March to give everyone a mental and physical boost whatever the scenario.”
Kay also confirmed that Saints' application for a move to step six has been submitted to the FA by the Hellenic League and the club is awaiting a response.