BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent manager Kem Izzet has vowed to "roll with the punches" in terms of whatever cards his team are dealt this season.

Non-league football, including the BetVector Isthmian League premier division, is on hold because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

As things stand, it is still unclear what happens next.

The Isthmian League, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues are keen to terminate the season immediately and step five and six leagues share the same view.

But whether final placings would be determined via average points per game, or the term is simply declared null and void, remains to be seen.

Regent have plenty at stake as they currently sit second from bottom in one of the relegation places.

However, Izzet is staying philosophical and says he will only focus on 'controlling the controllables'.

"It's mayhem and, from a league perspective, very hard to know what to do for the best," said the Colchester United legend.

"If the season were to end now, we'd obviously feel hard done by because I felt we were on the up.

"But if it were declared null and void, that would be unfair, too.

"Just think about the teams who are the runaway leaders in their divisions - the likes of Maldon and Tiptree and Stowmarket Town. Imagine how they would feel.

"The worst thing is not knowing, with no date on the horizon in terms of when we can restart.

"It feels like it's never-ending and no-one knows where they stand.

"We have to worry, because we have to be prepared for certain situations and eventualities.

"But, equally, there's no point panicking because we can't control the situation.

"Control the controllables has always been my motto and whatever the outcome, we have to take it on the chin, roll with the punches and deal with the situation.

"What will be will be and at that point, when the situation is clearer and we know with the extent of the damage, we'll be better-placed to deal with things."

The National League’s position is that they wish to be able to resume the season at some point.

The feeder leagues do not support this because their clubs do not have the financial resources to continue to honour player contracts indefinitely.

Step three and four leagues have therefore commenced the process to terminate the season.

But this has to be ratified by the FA Council, so there may be a short delay as the relevant documentation is submitted, distributed and approved.

"Even if we do get back in action, it's going to feel like going back to square one," added Izzet.

"It'll be like another pre-season and it's going to take two or three weeks to get back up to speed.

"Then you're into a part of the year when players may already have holidays booked.

"I'll keep speaking to the boys and drip-feed them information as and when I get it.

"But from a players' perspective, it's obviously frustrating and staying fit, sharp and strong is going to be hard."