Port Vale in talks with League Two clubs about EFL plans to finish season



Port Vale and fellow League Two clubs will meet today amid speculation about whether this season can be finished.

The EFL has said it would like to finish the campaign, hopefully this summer, but expects that would be with behind-closed-doors games and matches streamed live to fans.

Port Vale have said they would like to see the season finished on the pitch rather than settled by other means, such as cut short and decided by points per game on matches played so far.

However, chief executive Colin Garlick has also made clear that games should only return if it is safe to do so.

League Two chief executives and owners have been discussing the situation formally and informally but have an official meeting today, via video conference.

The EFL has asked clubs not to recall players for training until May 16 at the earliest and estimated that, once games restart, it will take 56 days to finish the season, including the play offs.

The campaign was suspended on March 13 because of the coronavirus crisis.

One issue for League Two clubs is they are reliant on matchday income, from gate receipts and hospitality, and that is unlikely to be covered by streaming games live.

Another problem for clubs is out of contract players. Most players whose deals are due to run out at the end of the season will be out of contract from June 30.

Garlick has said some lower division clubs genuinely fear they will go out of business because of the loss of income while the season is suspended.

He says Vale are more fortunate than most because of the financial support of owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan.   

Port Vale were eighth, one point outside the play-off places with nine games to play when the season was suspended.





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