It has been a bruising 12 months for the whole of Non-League football since the Covid-19 pandemic with Step 1 of the Pyramid the only division set to complete a full season, albeit behind closed doors.
Barwick insists he told the National League Board of his intentions in February and it is not related to the recent call from Maidstone United, seconded by Dorking Wanderers, for an EGM to be held to debate a vote of no confidence in him and the directors.
The Bulls were ten games unbeaten before they knocked out Woking last weekend in the FA Trophy semi-finals to set up a Wembley return, five years on since the reformed club reached the FA Vase final, against Hornchurch
There’s pride at what he achieved, tinged with disappointment at falling short of his undoubted potential. An elegant and technically gifted midfielder, who idolised players like Paul Merson, Zinedine Zidane and Paul Gascoigne, he never played at the top level.
The letter accepted it wasn’t the “perfect solution” to the problems faced over the last 12 months, but a result of the management of the Covid crisis by the National League board being “inadequate from the beginning”.