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Date confirmed for Linnets appeal

The Walks
The Walks has been considered sub-standard for Conference football

The date of King's Lynn's appeal against relegation from the Blue Square North has been set, two days later than it was originally scheduled for.

The case will be heard in Derby on 28 May, but club chairman Ken Bobbins said the shift in date had not been helpful.

"Overnight accommodation had all been booked, but we've now been advised that it's been changed," he said.

"We've just cancelled our second barrister, they seem to be making it as difficult as they possibly can for us."

On Tuesday evening the club issued a statement claiming the Football Conference were attempting to block their right to an appeal, which the league's officials denied, but Bobbins said King's Lynn have paperwork to prove it.

"We have a letter from their solicitors stating that [that the Football Conference would block the right of appeal]. Steps have been taken to clarify that," he said.

It's a terrible situation from the club's perspective because we haven't got a manager, it's wrong of us to attempt to appoint a manager until we know what league we're in

Ken Bobbins

"Eventually we managed to speak to Mike Appelby at the Football Association, he assured us that our right to appeal is there, nothing can be done about that."

Conference representatives claim the letter is simply their response to the appeal itself, rather than the club's right to appeal.

The club's stadium at The Walks fell short of league standards in an inspection last year but the club claim that necessary improvement work on the council-owned ground will be completed by the start of next season.

Bobbins has also admitted the uncertainty over their future is making it impossible to start making plans for next season.

"It's a terrible situation from the club's perspective because we haven't got a manager, it's wrong of us to attempt to appoint a manager until we know what league we're in," he said.

"We don't know if we're in the Conference, the Southern League or the Unibond League, we can't look at squad players either, everything is in limbo at the moment."



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