Accrington owner warns 'thousands of players' will be left out of work

‘Players are the biggest expenditure and it’s obvious they will take a lot of pain’: Accrington Stanley owner warns ‘thousands of players’ will be left out of work due to coronavirus crisis and suggests clubs should go into ‘protective hibernation’

  • Andy Holt fears football chiefs are downplaying the coronavirus pandemic
  • He fears thousands of footballers will be left without contracts due to crisis
  • Accrington owner claims games won’t be played with crowds for a long time

Thousands of footballers could be left without contracts due to the coronavirus pandemic, claims Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt. 

He suggests football clubs should go into ‘protective hibernation’ to safeguard their futures during this uncertain period and fears games may not be played in front of crowds for a long time. 

‘Players are the biggest expenditure and it’s obvious they will take a lot of pain’, he told The Sun.

Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt fears thousands of players could be left out of work

Football League clubs face an uncertain future due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic 

‘Nobody will be offering contracts. Any that do will be offering contracts not as generous. Literally, thousands of players are not going to have contracts.’

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Premier League and EFL players have been told by their clubs to prepare for a mid-May return to training, with a view to the season resuming before the end of June.

The EFL’s plan was outlined in a letter to clubs by chairman Rick Parry. The aim is to finish the season in 56 days in the middle of the summer with games probably being played behind closed doors.

But Holt feels football chiefs are downplaying how devastating the crisis is.  

Holt fears that football matches will not be played in front of crowds for a long time

Holt believes football clubs should go into ‘protective hibernation’ to safeguard their future

He added: ‘We should go into protective hibernation, where everyone accepts deferrals and we just freeze where we are, to stop clubs going bust.

‘In all businesses, you failsafe. Football isn’t. 

‘It seems to be in a trance where everything will magically get better. ‘It might do but if it doesn’t, we’re doomed.’




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