Steve Farmer has hit out at the Football Association after Bedworth United were moved back to the Zamaretto League….
…weeks after being told they were being transferred to another league.
The Greenbacks were switched to the Evo-Stik League at the end of the season, only to discover they would be playing in the Zamaretto League again on Tuesday.
That means Bedworth will have to deal with the travel costs they faced last season as they will once again have journeys to the edge of London despite playing in the Central Division.
Had they played in the Evo-Stik League First Division South, which covers Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and the Potteries, costs would have been reduced.
Bedworth manager Farmer says travel is not an issue for him and though he is still positive about the new season, he is unhappy at the manner of the move, which was decided by the FA National Leagues Systems Committee.
He said: “The disappointing thing is the way they made us move. We got moved initially and people saw that favourably.
“Now we’ve been moved back again. I’m not happy that we are moving when there is no logic to it. I’m not even sure of the reason.
“I’ve not been told. I’m confused but not disheartened though.
“From a travel point of view I don’t think it’s a problem for the team.
“We are going to be a young team of ambitious local players. When I was 20 I loved travelling to games.
“Footballers love to travel. With the right kind of players in the squad I don’t think travel is an issue.”
Former Nuneaton Griff manager Farmer says the move back may be better in the long-term, but it will cause an initial headache with regards to pre-season plans.
“It’s a problem for my preparations. We need to change our friendlies and I need to look at Zamaretto teams rather than Evo-Stik ones.
“At the moment I don’t know if I’m a northerner or a southerner. From a pure football point of view it is probably favourable to be in the Zamaretto League to the Evo-Stik League.
“The budgets there are higher and as such the players are often better.
“The fact remains that we will have an exciting young team who we’ve got to prepare in the most professional possible way.
“I’m still very much buoyant about the situation and everything is very positive for Bedworth United,” he said.