Ian Long Admits Sympathy For League Rivals After Alvechurch Get Relegation Reprieve

Ian Long says he feels for teams who have missed out on success this season, but that won’t stop the Alvechurch boss taking the positives for his side.

The Church were second-bottom and nine points from safety before the decision was made after failing to replicate last season’s run to the play-offs.

And after a hard season for the club, Long says his side would have preferred to secure survival on the pitch.

“It’s weird that the season is over in March,” he said. “I do genuinely feel for the clubs that have been close to having success because it’s hard. It’s a shame for them that it has to be like this.

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“But in saying that, I still think it’s the right decision. Even if we weren’t where we were in the league, I would still be saying that. There’s too much of the season left to play. We’ve still got 36 points to play for, that’s a lot of points.

“We would’ve preferred to do it the proper way and done it on merit, of course we would. It would’ve been an incredible achievement. It’s harsh on some but it’s a bit of a silver lining for teams like us and Redditch in this league.

“Some people will say we’re lucky to get survival this way, but I don’t like that. It’s insensitive. There are more important things going on than football at the moment. What’s going on in the world is unbelievable at the minute.”

This article was also published in the Non-League Paper on Sunday 29 March 2020.

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