Woodford United chairman Andy Worrall says Mark O’Callaghan’s health is far more important than football after the club opted to take voluntary demotion to United Counties League Division One.
O’Callaghan was unable to take charge of the UCL Premier Division opener at Sleaford Town on Saturday, leaving Woodford without a manager for the game.
Worrall immediately phoned chairman of the United Counties League, John Weeks, to discuss options and it was decided the club would drop into the second tier.
Woodford will now play their first game of the league season next Tuesday, against ON Chenecks, as long as Saturday’s FA Cup extra preliminary round tie against Harefield United does not require a replay.
And Worrall, whose club failed to claim a point in Southern League Division One Central last season, said: “We’re all more concerned about the health of our manager. That’s far more important than anything else.”
“The UCL have been tremendous and we appreciate everything they’ve done to help us. Football is firmly on the back-burner at the moment.”