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Issue 092. April 6, 2021.
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National League chairman Brian Barwick to step down

By Joe Richardson  

BRIAN BARWICK will stand down as chairman of the National League at the end of the 2020/21 season.

The decision comes amid calls for a vote of no confidence in the league's chairman and board.

Clubs have expressed displeasure at how the league handled problems presented by the coronavirus pandemic, such as that of funding and the vote on resolutions, which ultimately ended the season at Step 2.

Monday was the deadline for clubs to back the no-confidence vote call, to which York City were not expected to add their support.

Further updates are expected tomorrow.

“I think it is the right time to relinquish the role and give somebody else the great privilege of leading the organisation," said Barwick, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to sport and broadcasting.

“Since 2015, I believe the competition has continued to grow in stature and profile, sent strong clubs up into the EFL and built up a formidable and loyal set of commercial and broadcast partnerships.

“Our 66 clubs remain the life-blood of our competition and a vital part of their local communities - and that’s what makes our league so special.

“I also acknowledge just how tough it has been for many of our clubs over the past 12 months facing the unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic.

“In closing, I would like to thank my National League board colleagues, the league’s executive, our commercial partners, the wider football family and, most importantly, our member clubs for their warm welcomes and support over the past six years.

“I will continue to commit myself to the well-being of the National League until the end of the season.

“And, of course, I wish my successor as chair and everybody connected with the National League my very best wishes for a brilliant future.”

National League chairman Brian Barwick to stand down

The National League chairman Brian Barwick has notified the Board he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Barwick, 66, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, spanning over 40 years, with senior roles in both major sports broadcasting organisations and high-profile sports governing bodies.

In December, the former Football Association chief executive was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for services to sport and broadcasting.

The Chairman stated, “After careful consideration I formally told the National League Board in February that I intended to step down at the end of the 2020/21 season.

“I think it is the right time to relinquish the role - and give somebody else the great privilege of leading the organisation.

“Since 2015, I believe the competition has continued to grow in stature and profile, sent strong clubs up into the EFL and built up a formidable and loyal set of commercial and broadcast partnerships.

“Our 66 clubs remain the life-blood of our competition and a vital part of their local communities - and that’s what makes our League so special.

“I also acknowledge just how tough it has been for many of our clubs over the past twelve months facing the unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic.

“In closing, I would like to thank my National League Board colleagues, the League’s executive, our commercial partners, the wider football family and, most importantly, our member clubs for their warm welcomes and support over the past six years.

“I will continue to commit myself to the well-being of the National League until the end of the season.

“And, of course, I wish my successor as Chair and everybody connected with the National League my very best wishes for a brilliant future.”
We catch up with news of former York City players, managers and staff.

Whitby Town agree new deal with Sukar

Whitby Town have agreed a new deal with defender Jassem Sukar.

Sukar, 24, has committed to the Northern Premier Division side for next season.

He told the club’s website:

“I’m really happy to have signed a new deal, and from the few games we played last season, I feel that we’ve got a really good team.

“I really enjoy playing for both of the managers; they’re two great men. In fairness, I just enjoy playing for the club in general.”

* Sukar was signed to York City in July 2017 by manager Gary Mills after a pre-season trial. He left by mutual consent in October 2017.

Interview: Gavin Rothery

Gavin Rothery, who played a single game for York City in 2008, has given an in-depth interview about his career in non-league football, including 163 games for Guiseley.

He briefly explains what happened during the briefest of York City stints, and about his career since being starting with Leeds United's youth scheme.

Click here for full interview >>>>
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