Sam Allardyce Concerned for Future of EFL Clubs

  • May 21, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Sam Allardyce has expressed concern at the financial implications the COVID-19 pandemic will have on lower-league clubs in England.

Allardyce, who managed Bolton - a club set to drop into League Two for only the second time in their history - between 1999 and 2007, was speaking on ITV political interview programme Peston.

After a graphic was shown indicating big-six clubs including Manchester City and Manchester United could lose out on sums in excess of £100million due to drops in television and matchday income, the 65-year-old admitted to being more concerned about their EFL counterparts - some of whom are in real danger of collapse.

"It (money) is one of the most important things but not just in the Premier League," Allardyce said.

"The Premier League will lose it's money but still carry on and come back strong whenever we start playing again.

"The big concern is the leagues below - the Championship, League One and League Two - and how many of those clubs may go out of business.

"Being our national game, we should try and find a way to save it."

A number of top-flight clubs returned to training at the start of the week, with players operating in small non-contact groups.

Allardyce believes players, managers and decision makers at the highest level will be analysing data from Germany, where the Bundesliga returned to empty stadiums last weekend, but says nobody will be forced into leaving their families to return to work.

"The players will have done all their research with the Professional Footballers' Association," he added.

"The League Managers' Association will have been in contact with the Premier League, the government and medical specialists regarding training. It will be very interesting to see when players do go back training just how many more do catch the virus.

"Players will not be forced to play. Players who have certain difficulties in terms of accepting coming back training or playing, will have the option.

"One of the bigger problems as well is players running out of contract. Will they want to play and put themselves at risk if their contracts have finished?

"That's another issue that they may have to overcome."

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