Crystal Palace Chairman, Steve Parish, has made known his fears that sponsors will stop financing clubs if football does not return by August.
“A doomsday scenario” is what Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish, described the consequences of EPL teams not returning to playing football sooner than later.
He disclosed this to SkySports, with quotes from the telegraph.
We will be throwing ourselves at the mercy of our customers. We will be in a position where fundamentally we are airlines from August. That is a doomsday scenario but I don’t have visibility on income past August. I don’t understand why anyone would pay us if we cannot put the product on for them.
Clubs are set to return to training, and part of proposed measures for the Premier League to be able to finish its league games is the use of neutral grounds–an idea which the bottom six teams have reportedly kicked against.
But Parish believes that these teams are not looking at the bigger picture with their stands.
Being relegated is never a good situation and I completely understand how those clubs feel. It’s a horrible feeling but equally the greater good of the game is that if it is safe and don’t put people in more harms way than they would normally be, we should try and do that.
He also gave a foresight on what to expect next season.
Next season, in all likelihood, we will start with neutral grounds and there will be a distortion of the competition that way around. All the pitches are pretty much the same size, an empty stadium is an empty stadium.
I think it will be a level playing field from the start and like any season will have bumps and idiosyncrasies.
Everyone will have a fully fit squad, so there are swings and roundabouts. Naturally there will be a distortion, probably for two seasons.
Everything will ratchet down, whatever happens. Whether it is transfer fees over a period of time, remuneration over a period of time, it’s difficult to see with the loss of revenue, which is almost certain for clubs, that it won’t ratchet down for everyone.
If recent reports are anything to go by, it is very much clear that the Premier League chiefs are still undecided on how to fairly draw curtain on the 2019/2020 football season.