Whitby Town joint boss Haslam staying positive despite prospect of null and void

Whitby Town manager Nathan Haslam is remaining upbeat despite the likelihood of the 2020/21 NPL season being prematurely halted.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 2:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 2:17 pm
Whitby Town joint manager Nathan Haslam (left)

Haslam’s side haven’t played since a 2-0 win over Ashton United at the Towbar Express Stadium on November 3 and the NPL season looks set to be declared null and void for a second successive season as fixtures mount up and Covid-19 infection rates soar.

The Blues boss reluctantly agrees with the decision to declare the season null and void and switch attentions to making sure clubs are able to play next season.

“Null and void is probably the most sensible and easily achievable outcome from all of this mess,” said Haslam.

“Obviously there will be clubs who will be against it as it will affect them more than us, but it seems this would be the easiest decision to take.

“One theory I saw on social media that caught my eye was waiting until August and carrying on from where we left off, but I imagine that would present legal difficulties for the leagues.”

Haslam is frustrated that he didn’t get to see how the side him and Lee Bullock took on from former boss Chris Hardy fared this season and insists he won’t be looking to make big changes to the squad for whenever action resumes.

“We’ve got a very good squad of players at the club and myself and Bully were confident of having a successful season,” Haslam added.

“Obviously you never say never in football as if and when quality players become available, as managers we’d be lying if we said we weren’t interested, but myself and Bully are really happy with the set-up and squad of players we inherited from Chris (Hardy) and are definitely looking forward to a pre-season putting our stamp and ideas on things.”

Haslam is open to letting his players go out on loan should opportunities arise, adding: “It’s something me and Bully would be open to should it come up, but we’ve not had any contact yet.”