Following the announcement from the National League this morning, Concord Rangers chairman Ant Smith made the below statement on behalf of the club:
The National League have confirmed that we are not permitted to compete in this year’s playoff games despite us giving full reassurance that we would have the additional seating required in place for the new season.
The league inserted a new rule regarding the 500 covered seats giving clubs 2 years to have them in place. But unfortunately this still conflicts with the current playoff rule regarding seating that they have in place. I believe they need to review this further, as again like last year they have put themselves in an embarrassing position, having removed the rule which would promote the next team below into the playoff places.
Following my discussions with the league, they had 3 options in front of them and have decided to take the decision below.
One team will now receive a bye into the next round of the playoffs.
Although this is very disappointing for everyone involved at the club, we should be extremely proud of what Sammy, Jack, Darren, Dan, and all the team and staff have achieved this season with virtually an entirely new squad.
Our objective this season was to maybe gain a top ten finish, so the fact that we’ve been in that position and gone on to surpass it with a top 7 finish is a fantastic accomplishment.
We can now concentrate on our plans for next season, and set our sights on some new targets and objectives both on and off the pitch