GATESHEAD have been denied permission to take part in the National League play-offs.

Rob Elliot's side finished the season in sixth place.

But they do not meet the necessary criteria to win promotion into the EFL.

A statement from the National League confirmed: "The National League is extremely disappointed to announce that following a decision of the EFL, Gateshead Football Club has failed to meet the entry criteria for membership to the EFL.

"As a result of the decision Gateshead will not be permitted to participate in the play-offs this season.

"This decision is based on the club failing to meet the 10-year security of tenure at their stadium, required for new teams applying to enter the EFL which was required by 1 March 2024.

"The club requested a 10-year security of tenure from Gateshead Council.

"This was refused.

"The National League wrote to the council in support of the application by the club highlighting the impact on the club, its supporters, and the local community if the security was not given."

But that ultimately made little difference.

The statement added: "Unfortunately, the response received was not supportive of the club’s requirements and placed the club at risk of a refusal of membership to the EFL and therefore forfeiture of any right to participate in the play-offs.

"On 28 March 2024, following the deadline for licence applications to the EFL had passed, the Council offered options to the club.

"However, in the opinion of the EFL these options still did not satisfy their requirements.

"The National League made representations to the EFL and are disappointed with the decision whilst at the same time recognise the entry requirements are clearly stated in the EFL rules.

"The National League supported an appeal by the club which was denied by an EFL arbitration panel."

Under the rules of the competition, Gateshead cannot be replaced in the play-offs meaning Solihull Moors will get a bye to the semi-finals.