JAMIE Vermiglio says Chorley will use their relegation from the National League on a points-per-game basis to motivate them to bounce back.

The Magpies boss admitted that while many will think the decision was unfair, he said it was a decision the league had to take.

“The sudden end to our season was one we fully supported and the National League’s final decision to support the most successful sides on a points-per-game basis is a justified one,” he told the club website.

“The decision to only relegate from tier one of non-league is one which, of course, will not feel fair to most followers of non-league football, particularly to those involved with teams extremely close to survival.

“However, a decision needed to be made.

“To those that have benefited, everyone at Chorley FC sends their congratulations and luck. To those who feel the decision is unjust I hope they use the experience as motivation for future success.”

Despite the disappointment of relegation after winning promotion to the National League via a penalty shoot-out play-off win over Spennymoor Town last season, Vermiglio is determined to help the club recover.

“Without doubt the 2019/20 campaign will go down as a season where, ultimately, we failed where I failed and where our team failed to take an opportunity in the National League,” he added.

“But that failure has done nothing to diminish my determination to ensure that we are successful. “I have ambitions for this club, and I will continue to work with a relentless persistence to ensure we continue to grow.”

Vermiglio praised the players who have been a part of the Chorley journey in recent years which has included three promotions, six play-off campaigns, four Lancashire Challenge Trophy successes and three FA Cup first round appearances.

And while he said the season ultimately ended in failure, Vermiglio says it is a learning curve going forward.

“As everyone knows, success is not linear; there are challenges, setbacks and upsets,” he said. “This past season has been a huge learning curve for everyone associated with the club. We worked extremely hard to compete in the National League and were more than deserving of our opportunity.

“Unfortunately we didn’t make the most of that opportunity. When we earn our chance again, we will be more prepared, both on and off the pitch.”