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Swindon Town chairman fears clubs may not reach next season

Postby Dan » Mon May 18, 2020 10:53 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52706893

Swindon Town chairman Lee Power fears "30-40%" of League One and Two clubs may not make it to the start of next season without further financial aid.

League Two sides, many struggling with the financial effects of coronavirus, opted to end the campaign early.

"Unless there's some help from higher up the food chain, there's going to be a number of clubs that won't see the start of [next] season," Power said.

Swindon were second when the season was suspended and are set to be promoted.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire, he continued: "As owner and chairman, you have to start looking at how you budget and work towards what looks like a September start and how you're going to get there.

"A number of CEOs and owners of football clubs in Leagues One and Two have had these discussions and it's a simple fact that 30-40% of us won't get there unless there's some help.

"It's a very difficult job and the EFL work very hard on this along with the FA. They're trying to find solutions and I'm sure they will come up with one."

Friday's decision to end the League Two season early still needs to be ratified by the English Football League and the Football Association.

League One sides are still to come to an agreement about the outcome of their season, after some clubs said they were determined to complete their remaining fixtures.

Power continued: "There have been a number of issues that need to be resolved, ie the finishing of this season, which as a collective we have done in League Two.

"Now the focus needs to be on how everyone gets through to the start of next season and I think that's going to be a lot more difficult than resolving the final league positions we've had to do in League Two."

Power says Swindon have lost a significant amount of money from not being able to play fixtures during the lockdown.

He said an exact figure was "difficult to quantify" but added: "It's well into its millions, not hundreds of thousands, of cash flow that has been lost.

"We thought we would get double-digit attendances for the last few games at the County Ground and this virus has struck while we're in the middle of season ticket sales.

"We now have a situation between now and September where there's still no more income but players are being paid.

"Everyone is aware of it in the EFL and in football, but it's trying to find a solution to keep everyone going."
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Re: Swindon Town chairman fears clubs may not reach next sea

Postby Sandy Pate Best Stag » Tue May 19, 2020 7:53 am

If Swindon really are in financial trouble to that extent, maybe they should think seriously about promotion should it be offered.

The wage bill for a league one club is normally higher than that for a league 2 outfit. Would crowds watching them struggle in league one be as large as a promotion push in league two? It would take some bottle to decline promotion but it could be the difference to staying in business
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Re: Swindon Town chairman fears clubs may not reach next sea

Postby adamstag » Tue May 19, 2020 9:44 am

Sandy Pate Best Stag wrote:If Swindon really are in financial trouble to that extent, maybe they should think seriously about promotion should it be offered.

The wage bill for a league one club is normally higher than that for a league 2 outfit. Would crowds watching them struggle in league one be as large as a promotion push in league two? It would take some bottle to decline promotion but it could be the difference to staying in business


The problem being is for half of the season there probably won’t be any crowds to worry about!

But of course you’d take your place in league 1
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Re: Swindon Town chairman fears clubs may not reach next sea

Postby Sandy Pate Best Stag » Tue May 19, 2020 2:01 pm

I can't see there being any start to a season without crowds Adam as there just wouldn't be enough money to make it financially viable.
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Re: Swindon Town chairman fears clubs may not reach next sea

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Fri May 22, 2020 11:39 am

Doncaster Rovers senior pros have agreed to a wage deferral to help the club to keep fulfilling its aim to support all staff and give the club the best chance of surviving if football needs to be played behind closed doors.

"More than 200 staff, including Rovers players and playing staff, have been furloughed. This has helped to safeguard the club in the immediacy of this crisis. Despite the challenges, Club Doncaster has worked hard to top up its employees’ pay to ensure that every member of the Club Doncaster family can rule out money worries from what is already an extremely difficult time. The players’ wage deferral will go a long way to allowing the club to keep fulfilling its aim to support staff in this way and give the club the best chance of surviving if football needs to be played behind closed doors."

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