English Football League (EFL) chairman Rick Parry has outlined the steps he is taking to make sure that no clubs in the English lower leagues fold due to the effects of the coronavirus, reports BBC Sport.
Parry has disclosed that he is working ‘night and day’ to ensure that cubs survive during these extremely difficult times.
“The challenges are enormous, and we’re working literally night and day on trying to secure financial rescue packages for the short term, and longer term I’ve been talking on that topic pretty much non-stop since May” he said, as reported by BBC Sport.
“We do need rescue packages”
“We do need rescue packages, and we’re hoping that by securing rescue packages, we can secure the future of our clubs. Our aim is to keep every single one of them alive if at all possible” he concluded.
That all sounds well and good. However, what will be of interest to the lower league clubs will be where the rescue packages come from.
There seems to be two main options. Either the Premier League clubs give money to the lower league clubs, or the television companies do.
Of those options you have to think that the money coming from the Premier League clubs would be the most likely scenario. However, there is absolutely no guarantee that is going to happen.
The report from BBC Sport claims that there has been a request made by the EFL for £200m from the Premier League to help deal with the current problems.
Premier League has decision to make
That money could easily afford by the Premier League. However, those clubs are also affected by the current virus situation. They may decide that it is better to keep the money.
Of course, the situation for lower league clubs could be helped when fans are once able to attend matches.
The pilot matches taking places on Saturday will certainly help with that. If they are a success, maybe lower league clubs could get fans into the ground on a regular basis from next month.
The next few weeks will be vital to the survival of lower league clubs. At least Rick Parry is working hard to make sure that no clubs fall into the abyss.