Trip to Heed looks to be off Dragons' map; Gateshead suspended from league after off-field troubles.
Gateshead have faced an uncertain future for a number of months with off-field dramas now overshadowing the club's onfield performances. The Heed have also been fined and deducted nine points from last season's table, dropping them from their ninth placed finish to 17th-spot, one point behind local rivals Hartlepool United.
The club has the right to appeal to the Football Association, but in order to be successful the wrangle over the current ownership of the club needs to Neil Pinkerton, a 36-year-old Plymouthbased Royal Navy submariner and lifelong Gateshead supporter, was believed to have bought the club from unpopular owner Dr Ranjan Varghese, according to reports on the Chronicle Live.
Pinkerton paid PS25,000 to purchase the club from Indian naval architect Varghese, and was subsequently named as Gateshead's sole director at Companies House.
But in another twist to a complex saga his name was subsequently removed from Companies House, and this thrown the deal up in the air once again, with Varghese now back in Hong Kong.
A statement from the National League read: "The National League can announce the outcome of disciplinary hearings concerning Gateshead Football Club.
"The club was charged with multiple breaches of the League's membership rules, and was subject to a review of its financial position and an assessment of its club licence.
"Gateshead FC has been found guilty of failing to obtain security of tenure over its ground, defaulting on football creditors, and breaching League rules concerning financial reporting and permitted loans. The club has had nine points deducted from its playing record for the 2018/19 season and been fined PS3,500.
"The National League table has been amended accordingly. Furthermore, the club has been suspended from the competition and the League has refused the club a licence for the 2019/20 season."
If the appeal to the FA is successful and the new owners satisfy financial and ground criteria Gateshead could remain in the National League.
Should they lose their appeal it is likely that it will give Aldershot Town, who finished in 21st place, a reprieve.
Meanwhile, former Wrexham defender Kevin Roberts has rejoined local rivals Chester FC, nine years after leaving the Deva Stadium.
The 29-year-old right back, who can also play in central midfield and at centre-back, has penned a one-year deal with Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley's Chester side having been released by the Dragons earlier this month.
Roberts spent two seasons at the Racecourse and was a first-team regular, making more than 70 appearances including 34 in the 2018/19 campaign where the Dragons finished fourth in the National League before losing in the play-offs to Eastleigh.
Joint manager Morley told the club's official website: "We are delighted to have signed a player who has already won this division - and it was a very strong league when FC Halifax were promoted.
"He adds massive experience and can play in a number of positions. Kevin is a winner.
"He played a big part in Wrexham's promotion push last year and we're very happy to have him on board."