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Sean Dyche causes controversy with thoughts on Premier League bailout for lower league clubs

Sean Dyche causes controversy with thoughts on a Premier League bailout for stricken lower league clubs, and it’s got plenty talking.

It’s set to be a crucial time for lower league clubs including those stricken in the EFL, and the National League which is yet to get underway as they wait to get fans in stadiums when it begins.

The league season was set to begin on the 3rd of October, however after Tuesday’s announcement from the government, that is now put into doubt. Though clubs at tiers below Step 2 of the non league pyramid allowed spectators to a certain limit.

The Premier League and EFL are in talks about a support package after Rick Parry, chairman of the EFL, warned that Championship, League One and League Two clubs will lose a combined £200m if the 2020/21 season takes place entirely behind closed doors.

There is strong and widespread calls from much of the football community from fans to Premier League managers for more money to be handed out to lower league clubs, EFL through to non league in order for them to not just get 2020/21 season completed, but to make sure they survive and avoid going under.

Dover Athletic are one of those clubs, with their chairman stating they have two weeks to survive. More can be read on that HERE.

Sean Dyche said on potentially bailing out lower league clubs: “If the Premier League can do their bit to enhance the chances of other teams surviving possibly they may step in but does that mean every hedge-fund manager who is incredibly successful does that – filter down to the hedge-fund managers who are not so successful?

“Does it filter down from the restaurants, so the ones who are surviving can look after the ones who are not surviving?

“You can’t just measure football on its own – there are lots of businesses out there that are making huge sums of money who could therefore protect businesses in their line of work who are lower down in their business streams.

“If you are going to apply it to football, you have to apply it across the country to everyone and every business, then you have a balanced and fair look at it. I don’t think you can just say it is good for football. If football can spread it around, there are other businesses that are incredibly successful who can all spread money around.”

Frank Lampard says it is important for the Premier League to support EFL clubs financially as some continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lampard said: “I think it’s important that the Premier League as a collective looks at supporting the EFL, the leagues below and grassroots football, absolutely.

“That’s the base of why we’re all here. I started and [a lot] of the young players started in Sunday league football. I’ve managed in the Championship. I understand a lot of the difficulties clubs are having, so I think there certainly can be a conversation.

“I can’t go too political because I don’t know enough about the numbers, but I do think clubs in the Premier League and the Premier League themselves have a heart. They understand and I’m sure as we move forward they will be making positive moves on that front.”

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony says the government’s decision to halt plans for supporters to return to stadiums is “devastating” and has urged it to offer immediate financial support to EFL clubs.

He told Sky Sports:We’re talking millions for every club out there. It’s devastating news, particularly with them talking about possibly six months. No business can operate under that.

“When you’re putting one foot forward, suddenly you’re going five steps back. For me, that’s no way to operate.

“We’ve spent six, seven months going through this. We’ve all done our bit. We’ve been patient and now it’s all been taken away, just when we think fans are around the corner.

“If the UK government want to do this again, it’s time for them to write us a cheque. They’ve got to do it right now. Clubs have got to look after themselves, and their fans who have bought tickets.”

As mentioned, Sean Dyche causes controversy with his thoughts on demands that the Premier League should bailout for lower league clubs…

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