BRIDPORT manager Jamie Manley believes the new Toolstation Western League Premier Division season is still “up in the air.”

Manley’s men are due to begin the 2020/21 league campaign on Saturday, September 5.

However, there is considerable doubt over whether that start time is viable with fans still forbidden from attending matches in lockdown.

Many leagues and clubs countrywide believe beginning the season is infeasible without the revenue generated from ticket sales and matchday income.

Manley, who has this week unveiled eight signings, told Echosport: “We could be wasting our time anyway, it’s so up in the air with COVID.

“I know the league’s got a start date but I think that could be put back. It’s tough times. We’re trying to plan things but at the end of the day we don’t know what we’re planning for.

“It’s a bit of a nightmare, but we’re trying to stay positive, like everyone else, and hope the season will start.

“I don’t think the Western League want to start without supporters being in the ground.

“We wouldn’t be able to survive and sustain football without the supporters and sponsorship.”