Ilkeston FC boss confident season will start tomorrow despite suspension

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Ilkeston FC boss Paul Holland is confident his side will begin their season tomorrow as planned, despite their suspension from the Evo-Stik League.

The Robins, who are scheduled to begin their campaign at home to Stafford Rangers, were suspended from the league on Wednesday in relation to unpaid debts to football creditors.

Ilkeston say they are confident the ban will be lifted once debts are settled, which they say are now being chased ‘more aggresively’ following the sale of former player Che Adams to Birmingham City.

The transfer triggered a sell-on clause as part of the original deal which took the player to Sheffield United, with the deal rumoured to be netting The Robins around £400,000.

Ilkeston FC respond to suspension

Holland said: “I have been given assurances and we are preparing for the game in the normal way,

“I am delighted with how pre-season has gone and the positivity around the place and amongst the fans, what we cannot do is get distracted by this and use it as an excuse.

“It has been a long pre-season and we are looking forward to finally kicking-off our season.”

And Holland is confident his new-look side can improve on their disappointing 14th place finish last time out,

“We are looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he added.

“I wanted to bring in experience and I have been allowed to do that. There should be a couple more on the way.

“There are no games in this league that I fear, we are capable of winning every game we go into and that will be our approach.

“It is a cliche, but we will take one game at a time and set our targets from there.

“It is important that everyone at the club sticks together and goes in the same direction. We will give it 100 per cent.”