Jamie O’Hara EXCLUSIVE: Billericay Town manager on why National League season must be declared ‘null and void’

Billericay Town player-manager Jamie O’Hara has told talkSPORT that he believes the National League season should be declared ‘null and void’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All divisions in England are currently suspended due to the UK’s worst national health crisis in a generation.

The National League have requested the Football Association to terminate the season
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It was revealed on Wednesday that the National League board had requested the Football Association to shutdown the 2019/20 campaign ‘as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts’.

And O’Hara, whose side lie 18th in the National South table, believes the only option is to rip up the season and start again because of the financial limitations these clubs have.

“It’s a tough one for the National League because we’re obviously a little bit different from the EFL and the Premier League,” he explained.

“We don’t have that same sort of money and income. I don’t think teams can survive playing behind closed doors because at this level we need the gate receipts.

“There has been regular contact with the National League and what they’re trying to do and look it’s not an easy decision.

“I think the only way forward is the season to be null and void at our level, I really do.”

The National League South table as it stands
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While O’Hara has sympathy for table toppers Barrow (North) and Wealdstone (South), the experienced midfielder says that everybody’s health and safety is the most important thing during this difficult period.

He added: “We’ve got players’ contracts coming to an end in April and I can’t seem us coming back and playing before June.

“I don’t see how it’s going to happen. Selfishly I was supposed to have a cup final next week (Essex Senior Cup) so we’re missing out on that.

“We still have six/seven home games left to play at our level, so we were all excited about the team we had got together.

“But at the end of the day everybody’s health is more important. You can’t ask players to come back and play if they’re not comfortable.

“I think that was a split decision on it to be honest, in terms of whether it continues or null and voided.

“For teams like Barrow and Wealdstone who are up there it’s difficult, but health and safety is more important.”