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Soham Town Rangers manager Robbie Mason not concentrating on next season just yet

Soham Town Rangers manager Robbie Mason has admitted he has not given too much thought to next season just yet.

With the 2019/20 BetVictor Isthmian League North Division campaign having been declared null & void – subject to ratification from the FA Council – due to the coronavirus pandemic, non-league football at Steps 3-6 has ground to a halt.

And with a return date currently uncertain, Mason is not looking too far into the future.

MNJP-18-08-2018-043 sp Soham player manager Robbie Mason. (33045744)
MNJP-18-08-2018-043 sp Soham player manager Robbie Mason. (33045744)

“Everyone has their own priorities to sort out at the moment and football is second to that,” he said.

“We are very laid back about next season at the moment.

“As a management team we have a good relationship with the players and they know we will be keen to keep them.

“If possible we want them to stick together and we will keep in touch, but there are no discussions yet.

“When we know a bit more about what is happening, that is when we can start planning.”

The decision to expunge results has been a major talking point in recent weeks, with more than 150 clubs signing a letter in protest.

From 13th-placed Soham’s point of view, it will have little impact on them given that they were neither in the play-off picture nor a battle for survival.

“If we had been in a better position, say battling for the play-offs or at the top of the table, then obviously it would have impacted us more,” added Mason.

“But it doesn’t really affect us and while it sounds a bit selfish, there is nothing anyone can do it about it.

“These are unprecedented times and you obviously cannot play football when everyone is social distancing.

“I know the professional game is looking to go behind closed doors, but that would not work at our level. Most clubs live hand to mouth – they need the gate receipts and things like that.

“Ending the season looked like the only thing they could do.

“As whole, I think we did okay. We started well and then October to December was tough. Since the turn of the year it improved and we could have finished in the top half.”