Boston United chairman takes swipe at Grimsby Town chief over new fair play rules
DAVID Newton has taken a swipe at old foe John Fenty after accusing the Grimsby Town chairman of blocking new financial fair play rules.
The Football Conference have attempted to bring in a rule forbidding directors putting loans into clubs.
The plan was supported by Boston United chairman Newton, who says clubs and players need to "get in the real world" to counteract the recession, which is making life increasingly difficult for non-league sides.
However, Mariners chief John Fenty, who controversially plucked managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst from United last year, was among the chairmen to block the new rules.
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"What we're trying to do is build a sustainable football club, not the rubbish we inherited five years ago with debts of £3million," said Newton, reflecting on when he saved the Pilgrims from closure in 2007.
"What is that about? That is not what football should be about.
"We have lobbied the Conference for new rules where directors can't put loans in anymore.
"But Mr Fenty scuppered the vote because he wants to continue pouring money into a football club that's not sustainable.
"Football has got to come back into reality. Players have to get into the real world, too.
"The rest of us are (in the real world) because we're living in tough times."