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Diss Town manager Michael King cannot see a full season being completed

Diss Town manager Michael King sees little option but to scrap the 2020/21 season in its current guise.

With all of the Thurlow Nunn Leagues currently suspended due to the Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions – and most clubs still having in excess of 25 fixtures remaining – the chances of completing a full term appear to be limited.

It would be the second campaign in a row that has been severely disrupted by the virus, with last year’s leagues from Step 3 downwards declared null and void.

Diss Town manager Michael King. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss Town manager Michael King. Picture: Mark Bullimore

That was a decision that had a big impact on King, who at the time had guided Waveney to the top of the Anglian Combination Premier Division and Mummery Cup final prior to taking charge at Brewers Green Lane in July.

Discussing the current situation, King said: “It’s been great in terms of coming to Diss, being at the ground and we’ve had some good matches, but the whole situation has not been football as we know it.

“We’ve got all of the regulations and then it has been very stop-start.

“I can’t see how a full season finishes, especially with how last season ended. That was scrapped and forgotten in a couple of weeks, and we’d played 75 or 80 per cent of that.

“What we do next, I’m not sure. In a way, maybe it would be best to start properly again the first week in August after everyone has been able to have a proper pre-season.”

There has been suggestions that divisions could be split into more localised mini leagues to ensure that seasons are finished, while others have called for cup competitions to be formed to give teams some competitive action once non-elite football can return.

King added: “We’ve not given the lads too much to do and told them to switch off over Christmas.

“We were expecting some form of lockdown and knew football would stop.

“They’re a good group though and I’m sure they’ll keep themselves in good shape for whenever football returns.”

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