Linnets want compensation over switch

PUBLISHED: 10:52 12 June 2007 | UPDATED: 10:20 14 September 2010

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins will seek compensation from the FA over the club's impending Northern Premier League switch.

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins will seek compensation from the FA over the club's impending Northern Premier League switch.

Bobbins is resigned to Lynn's transfer from the Southern League to replace crisis club Scarborough, who are set to be wound up in the High Court today.

Scarborough officials have already contacted the Northern Counties East set up ahead of lodging an application for a re-formed club to join the league for 2007/08.

Bobbins postponed a Portuguese business trip to hold further talks with FA officials over the weekend. Lynn's nomination followed a behind-closed-doors meeting between the FA and representatives from the Ryman, Southern and Northern feeder leagues.

"It would seem this is on the recommendation of the Southern League," stated Bobbins. "To say I'm annoyed that they didn't see fit to contact us in any shape or form is an understatement. The FA put forward a list of teams and at this stage it is 99pc certain we will switch - barring a late cash injection for Scarborough.

"I believe the FA has scheduled a ratification meeting for Wednesday and we will stay in constant touch. I've already broached the subject of compensation and it wasn't dismissed out of hand because there are numerous complicating factors arising from this situation. The FA is far from happy with how it has been handled.

"There's one or two other clubs in a similar boat to Scarborough so this might not be the end of it as well - it's a very messy situation."

Bobbins revealed new assistant boss Lee Glover will definitely leave The Walks if Lynn return to the northern set up for the first time since 1983.

"Lee has stated he is not prepared to be involved with a Unibond campaign," confirmed Bobbins. "He doesn't want the travelling involved and one or two of the players have expressed a similar view.

"We've also brought in fresh players on contract like John Turner and Joe Francis with the aim of playing in the Southern League. If we end up in a different league then that is something we need to discuss with the FA. We can't have players stuck here on contract who don't want to be here and vice versa."

Bobbins admitted he was disappointed at the lack of Southern League support. No officials were available for comment last night.

"We can't even get in touch with them," he said. "The Norfolk FA has made representatives on our behalf, but all we can do is wait and see.

"At the moment everything is up in the air. Keith Webb is totally shattered by all this. He was building up a good working relationship with Lee and we really felt we had the players in place to give the Southern League title a proper crack. We've been in talks with prospective targets, like Ben Chapman, but all that is on hold as well until we know exactly were we stand."

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