Radical proposals to shake-up the professional football pyramid and create a new 'League Three' have been scrapped after talks between the English Football League (EFL) and the FA collapsed.
In May the EFL asked its 72 clubs to consider the reorganisation of the domestic league system into five divisions of 20 teams from the 2019-20 season.
That would have led the Football League to becoming a four-division competition below the 20-team Premier League including a new 'League Three'.
The additional eight teams needed to make up 'League Three' would have come from the National League, the division in which Chester FC play.
The EFL's plans, named 'Whole Game Solution', would have involved moving FA Cup fixtures into midweek slots.
But the FA is no longer prepared to consider such a move following a new international broadcasting deal for its flagship competition.
And that has led the EFL to confirming that its proposals now look dead in the water.
It is a decision which has been welcomed by Simon Olorenshaw, who recently left his position as chairman of Chester .
A statement from the EFL reads: "The EFL board has today announced that they will cease discussions on the Whole Game Solution with immediate effect.
"This comes after the Football Association informed them they were no longer prepared to consider rescheduling FA Cup fixtures into midweek slots.
"The decision has been taken with significant regret and disappointment and brings to an end the EFL-led debate on the possibility of the single biggest reform of the English League structure since the inception of the Premier League in 1992.
"In order for the Whole Game Solution to be viable, it required the English football authorities to look collectively at the fixture schedules and create additional weekends for League football.
"However, after seeking clarification on the FA's position following the recent announcement of their new international broadcasting deal, the EFL were informed that there was no longer a sufficient advantage for the FA in making the changes."
Shaun Harvey, the EFL's chief executive, added: “As a result of the FA’s decision, the board has been left with no option but to end the Whole Game Solution discussions as, in its current form, it is no longer viable. If the weekend slots are not available, then there is simply no way we can meet the financial conditions (to be no worse off) as outlined at the very outset.
"The stance the FA has adopted has brought the discussions to a premature end, before fully understanding what the financial outcome from the creation of a new distribution model could be.
"If the FA are willing to change its position then we are, of course, open to re-engaging in what is a hugely important debate that was designed to help shape the future of football in this country."