‘Money is not coming in and clubs are on their knees’: Walsall boss Darrell Clarke begs Premier League to ‘take trump’ and save EFL teams forgotten about coronavirus crisis
- Walsall saw their League Two game against Leyton Orient postponed
- The London club returned 17 positive tests – and forfeited Tottenham’s draw
- No crowds are expected at professional matches in England for the spring
- EFL clubs face a dangerous winter and will not be able to rely on match day income
Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has urged the Premier League to save clubs on the brink of obscurity due to the coronavirus crisis.
The League Two club saw their game against Leyton Orient, scheduled for Saturday, postponed after the London club returned 17 positive tests, meaning they lost their Carabao Cup match against Tottenham.
With no crowd expected at professional matches before spring, clubs in the EFL face a dangerous winter where they won’t be able to rely on match-day income.
Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has urged the Premier League to save parties facing a dark future
More regular testing has been advocated within the competition, but without more financial backing this is likely to be unrealistic as a single test often costs over £ 100.
“No money comes in and clubs are on their knees,” said Clarke. “It is very difficult and you hope that help will come from further up the pyramid.
‘We need the Premier League to take trumps after the disastrous news that there are no fans on the ground and I hope they will. I find it hard to understand – you can go to a pub or get on a plane, but you can’t sit outside in a stadium at a safe distance from others.
‘If you look at the cold hard facts, that is remarkable. We put in so much work and spent a lot of money to make sure we could get fans back safely. We worked on the basis of 3,270 fans in our ground. ‘
Leyton Orient had to give up their Carabao Cup match against Tottenham after an outbreak of the corona virus