Neal Ardley says football helping a lot of people

Last updated : 29 January 2021 By Magpie Mick

The Magpies manager said “Football is keeping a lot of people sane.

“It’s tough and there’s a lot of people including my own family who are struggling with everything that is happening.

“I am living away from them during this period and I am struggling too.

“If we can keep football going, and if it’s safe, then at least it’s something to look forward to on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday night.

“I get why teams aren’t happy with the funding but the National League needs to find a way to try to come through this.

“At the moment our chief executive Jason Turner doesn’t seem worried and he thinks we’re going to be okay.

“I don’t know the reasoning behind him not being worried, but I feel like there’s a lot of teams in our league who want to finish the season and want to find a way of doing that.

“Whether it’s different in the leagues below, I don’t know. It’s out of my control and I don’t want to worry about it because that might change the way I lead from the front.

“I need to be believing that we’ve got two thirds of the season left. That’s what I said to the players.

“I told them don’t worry, just keep chipping away, keep that points total going, keep churning out performances because this season if it does finish is going to be a war of attrition for the number of games we have to play.

“We’ve got to be prepared and ready for that.

“But we want to finish the season full stop. I’d like to think there’ll be quite a few who will want to as well.

“I have spoken to a few other managers in passing and that seems to be the attitude of most. As always, the integrity of the competition needs to be right.

"I’m sure there will be a few down the bottom that want it to end and that’s always the way. But hopefully everybody will try and finish the season because it’s the right thing to do if it’s safe.

“I know there has been talk of PPG if it does end, but we’ve played less than half a season. It would be ridiculous.

“It’s just not something I can see happening.”