Dergview manager Ivan Sproule feels Championship teams were 'hung out to dry' by the football authorities and says if it were up to him, his club would be "nowhere near" the Irish Cup this season.
The former Northern Ireland star is the latest Championship boss to publicly state that he has no interest in participating in the competition after the second tier's league season was cancelled last week.
While the Irish FA last year awarded elite status to Premiership clubs, allowing them to play during the coronavirus lockdown restrictions imposed by the NI Executive, Championship sides were not granted similar footing, ultimately leading to the majority decision to call off the league campaign without a ball being kicked.
"It was very disappointing that the Championship season was cancelled," said Sproule.
"Unfortunately I felt that was going to be the case unless we got elite status. I feel Championship clubs were hung out to dry by the football authorities.
"I still keep in touch with a lot of people from my playing days in England and Scotland and they couldn't believe the second tier of football in Northern Ireland wasn't allowed to play.
"We sometimes take offence when people outside our country have a go at the Irish League and, while I know tough calls had to be made in this pandemic, I don't believe the powers that be helped our game with their decision making.
"Championship managers had worked hard to build their squads and I was really excited about this season because I felt we had put together a group of players who could have done something in our league.
"We beat Coleraine in the North West Cup and there was a positive feeling around the squad, but we haven't had the chance to show what we can do. Not enough effort was put in to get the Championship up and running by those at the top of the game."
The IFA remain determined to push ahead with the Irish Cup. Sproule, who has made great strides in charge of his hometown club, said: "I will do what Dergview want and, if they decide to take part, I will give 110 per cent as I always do. But, personally, I would be nowhere near the Irish Cup this season.
"Yes, it is a special competition, and we have drawn Ballinamallard which is a fantastic tie and in normal times would attract a big crowd, but if we couldn't get our league started I'm not interested in the Cup."