'Do it! Get it done!" Holwell Sports chairman Graham Lewin calls on FA to begin restructuring non-league pyramid

Season curtailed, it has been announced...

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 11:58 am
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2021, 12:14 pm
Graham Lewin.

Holwell Sports chairman Graham Lewin is calling on the FA to move ahead with their restructuring of the non-league pyramid.

Mr Lewin believes last night's announcement about the campaign being curtailed leaves the sport's governing body 'plenty of time' to put their perfect pyramid in place.

"Obviously there's disappointment there at not playing. But straight away my disappointment turns to 'right, now this is the first day of getting ready for next season'," he said.

"What I would say, and I would say it clearly - now is a chance for the FA with the UCL (United Counties League) and all other leagues (to look at) this restructuring of the leagues, not to muck about and do it.

"Do it. Get it done and out the way. Doing that gives the possibility for some of these teams that wanted promotion - and deserve promotion - to include them in it."

Last night the FA announced that steps three to six of the National League System had been curtailed following consultation with clubs, adding that the plans to restructure steps four to six would be revisited.

This move was originally planned to take place at the end of last season, but put on hold when action was declared null and void.

The FA want to create divisions of equal size at all steps, allowing all clubs to have an equal chance of promotion and cutting down on travelling.

"They've got plenty of time to do it. Let's get it done. We all want to know what league we're playing in and if we're going to be playing different teams," Mr Lewin added.

"That determines, not so much budget, but how much travelling we have to do.

"Amidst the disappointment, it's been two seasons now where management and players haven't done a full season. But I'm excited now to start planning for next season on and off the pitch."

With teams having played just a handful of matches this campaign, Mr Lewin hopes that any restructuring would look at the broader picture.

He added: "To be honest, common sense comes into it really. You have to look at who's been top the last couple of seasons.

"Surely the FA, in their own mind, can see those few teams who have been at the top last two seasons on the trot.

"They've been pushing for promotion and here's the chance to do it. There's never been a better chance.

"There'll be people encouraged by it and people who moan about it. But at the end of the day it is grassroots football and we're all here to enjoy it."