How teams could still avoid relegation from National League if they finish fourth bottom? Read on as we tell you how it might be done.
So, the Football Association are believed to be due to making a decision on how many teams will be relegated from the fifth tier this campaign.
Usually, four teams would be relegated from the National League, however this campaign has seen Bury expelled from the English Football League in August, meaning that only one club will come down from League Two.
While two teams will still win promotion from the National League this season, it means the division would be unbalanced for the next campaign with 23 teams instead of 24.
So, the only way to resolve this is to have three relegation spots in the National League this season, which happened last year when fourth-bottom Aldershot Town escaped going down at the expense of Gateshead who were expelled.
Chesterfield currently sit fourth bottom of the league which could be enough to beat the drop if the FA decide only three teams will go down.
Commenting on potentially three teams being relegated, Spireites caretaker manager, John Pemberton, said: “If we aim to get out of the bottom four then if it happens we won’t be in the bottom three so it does not make any difference either way.
“We want to keep that pressure on; we want to get out of the bottom four.
The Spireites are now three points from safety following their 3-0 defeat at Notts County last Saturday.
“Even if it is the bottom three it does not make it any easier”, he continued.
“Fylde have got two games in hand so we have still got to win football matches so at the moment we are concentrating on getting out of the bottom four.
“They (FA) are talking about it. I have known for the last few weeks. It has been in the pipeline whether it would be three go down or four go down but until they make that make decision we are working on the basis that four go down so we have got to get out of the bottom four.”
After finding out how teams could still avoid relegation from National League if they finish fourth bottom, fans took to give their reaction…
No better way of staying up than a technicality
— Daz Hirst (@dhirst81) February 6, 2020
fingers crossed we can get out the bottom 4 altogether ??
— Tom Atkins (@Tom_Atkins107) February 6, 2020
Well I suppose that’s something to go on then ?
— smiler cfc (@garyuk2004) February 6, 2020
Scott Bell: So it’s come to this…..
Martin Fisher: Play like they did in the second half at Meadow Lane and we’ll end up in the bottom three, so it would be irrelevant anyway.
Phil Clayton: 3rd bottom it is then, said Dave Allen never…..?
Gill Mc Gill: Even more embarrassing…
Andy Parsons: *sarcastic* Hooray!
Louie Waterman: Never thought our season would end up in this way. Allen get out of our club!
Jason Lee: I really hope Chesterfield stay up, really would be a shame to see them playing at National League North level.