EFL chief in 18-month coronavirus warning to Stoke City and the rest of the Championship



EFL chief Rick Parry has told clubs like Stoke City they have to be flexible in the face of a fixture crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

He says it’s wishful thinking to believe this season could be over by June and the next one can kick off on time in August.

“People are starting to realise that there is no rule book for this,” said the EFL chairman.

“There is no manual and we are going to have to be incredibly flexible in terms of how the season pans out because we don’t know whether it is going to be behind closed doors or when it is going to re-commence.

“I think we also need to be mindful of when next season is going to start.

“This one being over in June and the new season starting in August is wishful thinking.”

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, he continued: “I think there is going to be a knock-on effect for 18 months, so we are going to need a lot of flexibility, a lot of out-of-the-box thinking and now more than any other time, a time for cool heads.

“Maybe it does unite football, and unite the country in a way that is needed after all the controversy and divisions we have had over Brexit.

“Maybe this is what the country needs to realise when we pull together we can achieve things much more effectively.”





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