‘If the government doesn’t step in now, I’ll lose faith in the game I love’: Gary Neville passionately pleads with Parliament to help save EFL clubs amid the coronavirus money crisis
- Gary Neville made a fervent plea for the government to help EFL clubs
- Many lower teams are in a financial crisis due to a pandemic of the coronavirus
- Neville said he will “lose faith in the game” if aid does not come for struggling clubs
Gary Neville made an ardent plea to the UK government to help save EFL clubs in the midst of the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus.
Several clubs falling under the top tier of English football are facing serious financial difficulties due to reduced revenues due to fans not being allowed to enter stadiums in the UK since March, with many clubs struggling to pay staff at the end of October.
The crisis has sparked calls for those in charge of the wealthy Premier League clubs to support, but their latest £ 50m offer to clubs in League One and Two was turned down by the EFL after no help was offered to Championship clubs.
Gary Neville made a fervent plea to the government to help save struggling EFL clubs
A number of Championship clubs are struggling with the impending payday at the end of October
The call for help from the Premier League coincided with the unveiling of ‘Project Big Six’, a move by the league’s major clubs to increase their decision-making power in the league while providing financial support to the EFL.
This move was rejected in a vote by the best flying clubs and rejected as a move by the bigger clubs to only provide assistance to troubled clubs in exchange for more power in the game.
With a satisfactory agreement yet to be reached, Neville called on the UK government to step in to help the desperate clubs
“For years I have been calling on the government to intervene,” Neville said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
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“ If it doesn’t intervene now at this point, where clubs are on the verge of extinction because of a self-important group of clubs or entities that won’t hand over some money to them unconditionally or go into debt or further embargo their transfers, ” then I lose faith in the game I love.
Sources at a number of Championship clubs have revealed that they are currently grappling with the impending end-of-month payday, with some concerned that they will not be able to give the staff their full pay unless assistance is provided.
Neville, along with eight other people, including former FA chief David Bernstein, has led a call for the FA to be regulated independently.
Premier League offered to save EFL clubs, but the £ 50 million offer was rejected a week ago
The former Manchester United defender said he no longer trusts football to reform itself after the coronavirus pandemic.
“ As the big picture is reshaped in the coming weeks and needs to take care of fans, non-league, grassroots and FA, EFL clubs to make them sustainable and keep PL as the best league in the world, ” Neville added.
If football can reform itself and prove that it can do something it hasn’t done in thirty years, the eight people in that group would happily languish. They are not there for any motive other than trying to strike the balance and introduce a fairness to English football.