MARK IVES has been appointed the National League's permanent general manager.

He had initially been appointed on a three-month interim basis from January, a month after CEO Michael Tattersall departed the organisation.

Ives said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the National League to date and am delighted to have been appointed on a permanent basis.

“The interim period gave me further understanding of the organisation and its members. Communication I have had with member clubs has been both transparent and positive.

“My priorities will continue to be helping member clubs manage the impact of the pandemic and to contribute towards a progressive future for the National League”.

One of Ives' first orders of business in his now full-time role will be with clubs calling for a vote of no confidence in chairman Brian Barwick - who will step down at the end of the season - and board.

In all, 17 league member clubs have registered support to hold the vote.

Proposers Maidstone United and Dorking Wanderers have officially submitted the requisition for an extraordinary general meeting to Ives.