‘Moral responsibility’ – Ex-Stoke City boss explains new ‘two hours a day’ orders to help vulnerable



Gary Rowett has explained how Millwall’s non-playing staff have been told to dedicate part of their days to helping the most vulnerable in the community.

Millwall’s behind the scenes employees are now working at home as the UK tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus – and are spending two hours a day away from club projects.

Ex- Stoke City manager Rowett told Sky Sports: “There has to be a sense of community.

“We talk about football clubs but it’s individual people in the clubs who are going to lose their jobs on the back of the fact that we’re trying to do the right things and reduce sporting events and that type of thing.

“There’s a moral responsibility from everyone, particularly in football.

“I know something our club has done – having spoken to the chief exec earlier – is that a lot of our non-football staff are working from home.

“The club have said that for two hours a day, try to help someone in your community, an elderly person or someone at risk.

“I’m sure other clubs are doing the same – it’s not just our club.”

The suspension of matches means lower league clubs are losing their biggest source of cash flow and Barnet, in the National League, have already placed non-playing staff on notice of redundancy.

Jamie Redknapp hopes that the Premier League will step in to make sure clubs survive.

He said: “When the world is better and everyone can start to reset, it’s vitally important that the Premier League and other teams will help.

“I was that player that played for Bournemouth when they were in the lower leagues and I feel that whatever they can do to keep clubs going, has to be done.

“So many clubs could go out of business from this and they are going to need a bit of help. All the money that the Premier League creates, it wouldn’t harm them would it, if the big clubs could say, ‘Let’s do something’.”

Fellow pundit Don Goodman knows lower league clubs are in a battle to survive.

He said: “In the face of adversity, which is what we’re facing as a human race, usually the football family or wider family will come together to help each other out. In a sense, you hope that Premier League clubs can contribute.

“The Chancellor of the Exchequer also said yesterday there would be help for small and medium-sized businesses and I’m sure that’s an avenue EFL clubs can explore.

“All in all, there’s 20 Premier League clubs and if they could see themselves to just £500,000 each there’s £10m in a pot straight away. It would be nice but they’re not obliged, let’s be clear about that.”

“Let’s not forget we had the Bury scenario, Bolton almost went, Macclesfield, Southend… There were already financial problems at the lower end of the EFL before we had this terrible outbreak.

“This is only going to be compounded by the fact that there aren’t any revenue streams for these clubs lower down.

“The majority of the Championship clubs, you would like to think, would be ok but in League One and League Two these are worrying times. Hopefully there will be help coming.”





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