Port Vale’s rivals outline huge costs and argue for relegation



League Two clubs have been given some certainty after agreeing to cut short their season.

The decision has to be ratified by the EFL board and the FA but clubs agreed to settle the campaign on points-per-game, promote the top three, try to stage the play offs and have no relegation this season.

However, Grimsby have revealed they opposed the decision to scrap relegation. Stevenage are bottom of the table, three points adrift of Macclesfield with a game in hand but an inferior goal difference.

Grimsby chairman Philip Day said: “I was in the minority who did not agree that there should be no relegation.

“If we expected relegation from the Premier League, the Championship and League One, how could we justify no relegation from League Two?

“My view is that first the outstanding disciplinary proceedings against Macclesfield for their fourth failure to pay wages should be concluded. “Then and only then could the final position at the foot of the table be determined and that the bottom team should be relegated.

“Even though the majority of the clubs wanted no relegation it is not the end of the matter as the FA and the National League will have to be involved.”

However, the Grimsby chairman did agree with other League Two clubs to end the season.

He said: “Prior to the meeting, I had obtained the views of my fellow directors and we were unanimous in agreeing that the season should end.

“Our paramount concern was the health and welfare of our staff and players. The EFL had produced guidelines for return to training which included onerous obligations on clubs.

“Amongst the obligations was a requirement to have players and groundstaff tested at least twice a week with the club doctor present.

“The cost of tests alone was estimated to be £140,000. Our club doctor works in the NHS and our view was that it was unreasonable to take him from his duties there.

“As soon as the players came back, we would have to have taken them and other staff off furlough at a cost of approximately £200,000.

“There were other requirements which we and most League Two clubs could not comply with. The total cost of all the requirements and loss of furlough would have been in excess of £400,000 at a time when we had no income.” .





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