Former Stoke City boss calls for more help for Port Vale and League Two clubs



Former Stoke City manager Lou Macari has had his say on the problems facing lower division clubs as they consider how to finish the season.

Some clubs are reportedly concerned they can’t afford to play out the season behind closed doors even if the EFL’s plans to finish the campaign this summer get the go ahead.

The League would like to play out the season in the summer months and estimates it will take 56 days from the season resuming to finishing including play-offs. Games would be behind closed doors but streamed live to fans.

But clubs, especially in Leagues One and Two are heavily reliant on matchday income. Port Vale had nine games to play when the season was suspended on March 13 because of the coronavirus crisis.

Lou says Premier League clubs have to help out. He explained: “According to reports, some League One and Two clubs are concerned they might not be able to afford to finish the season behind closed doors this summer, even if that is deemed safe.

“I sympathise with them. With the money at the top of football, lower division clubs shouldn’t have to be worried about whether they can stay in business.

“So, I would like to see more money coming from the Premier League clubs to support sides in Leagues One and Two. These are special circumstances and clubs at the top get millions just for whichever place they finish. Some of that would make a huge difference lower down.

“I do wonder if the connections between some of the top flight clubs and those in the lower divisions are as strong as they were. Over the years, the top clubs have all bought players from the lower divisions, but that’s become less the case as more signings have come from abroad for example.

“So, maybe some Premier clubs don’t feel they are as dependent on these lower division clubs as they used to be.  

“Whatever the reason, lower division clubs need those top flight teams to rally around.”





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