EFL chairman Rick Parry has thanked the government for helping Football League clubs out in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, a situation that affects Stoke City.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the government will support those clubs who lose income from the postponement of matches in the coming weeks and months.
All professional football in England has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest, but health experts are warning that the suspension of games could be suspended.
But Sunak speaking alongside the prime minister at a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday, said the government would ‘stand behind businesses small and large’ as he unveiled the initial £330bn package which is equivalent to 15 percent of GDP.
And Parry believes the offer will make a huge difference to clubs and possibly keep staff in a job.
“I think we should also say thanks to the government for some of their initiatives, which are proving to be really beneficial to clubs,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday afternoon.
“The PAYE deferral, the potential availability of loans, rate relief and yesterday a real fillet, especially for the small clubs, with the offer grants towards wages.
“Everyday something new happens and I think the other thing we need to do is to try and take the opportunity to make sure we come out of this stronger.
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“We come out of it more sustainable and we don’t just run around like headless chickens but we actually try to think about the long-term future of the game as well.”
Parry then added: “Absolutely huge difference. Not just in terms of players but all the staff in terms of the staff who work in the shops, matchday staff, or all concerned about their futures.
“So it is not just about the players, it is enabling players to hang on to all the staff who do such a great job.
“They are very concerned about how to keep things going at the moment so very welcome measures.
“What is fantastic about yesterday’s measures is that they are not loans that just kick the can a little bit further along the road; they are genuine grants that will help to pay the bills.
“They are extremely welcome.”