Welcome Southend. This league really isn’t as bad as you might fear - some decent, proper away days and some good away followings (there’s also some dreadful places like Borehamwood but you’ll find out about that in due course).
We were in a similar position to you when we came down, the club was in tatters and we ended going into administration and taking a -10 but survived on the penultimate game. So as long as you don’t go into administration, i assume you’ll be accepted.
I wouldn’t be fearful of relegation to be honest, there’s some good teams in this league but there’s also some proper dross too, and with the league only having 23 (including Dover who are almost certainly going down next season), there’s only 2 relegation spots which I expect to be occupied by Woking and Wealdstone.
Enjoy the ride, but hope you don’t stay for too long (such as ourselves and Wrexham) because after a few years it really does become a horrible league to get out of.
There’s some irony- East Bank Shot’s avatar is none other than Mark Molesley, ( celebrating scoring the winner at Fratton Park).
Pity you sacked that guy, he has a good working knowledge of non-league. Ah well..
Has any 'traditional league teams just come down because they are rubbish? It seems like for years having a terrible owner is the overriding reason.
And I dont see the NL refusing entry on the basis of a dodgy owner, they don't care. The only issue that would bar entry is imminent financial collapse that would mean you are unlikely to finish a season (and even then they don't care if you are on the board, a la Dover)