National League chairman Brian Barwick has confirmed he will stand down at the end of the season, as revealed by Sportsmail in February.
The former FA chief executive has been criticised by many clubs for his mismanagement of the Government’s £10million emergency funding, with National League North and South declared null and void earlier this season.
Barwick described last year as the most difficult of his career and confirmed that he told the board in February that he would resign.
Brian Barwick is set to announce he will be quitting as the National League chairman
Some non-League clubs now fear the Government won’t provide anymore bailout money
The allocation of funding caused a major row, particularly the decision not to distribute the money in direct proportion to lost gate receipts.
This led to smaller clubs in the top division receiving almost double what they ordinarily make in ticket sales while others lost tens of thousands of pounds each month.
‘I’m very comfortable about my decision,’ Barwick said of his resignation.
‘It’s a time-of-life thing. I’ve done this for six years and had a great time doing it. I wanted to give something back to the sport.
The Government provided a £10m rescue deal for National League clubs back in November
‘But the last year has been the most difficult of my career. I’ve tried my best to get through this crisis. It blew us out of the water.
‘I decided over Christmas that it was time for me to step down. I’m 67 in June and I’ve been around sport and sports broadcasting since 1979.
‘I formally told the board at our February meeting. They were surprised and very supportive.’
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