09:27AM, Tuesday 31 March 2020
Maidenhead United have called on Premier League clubs to share the wealth and help lower league and non league clubs through the coronavirus pandemic.
Chairman Peter Griffin and CEO Jon Adams have urged the Premier League to consider the difference it could make to support clubs through this uncertain and financially challenging time.
They say that even with the financial support packages announced by the government in the last week or so, many lower league and non league clubs will struggle to maintain their basic running costs over the coming months.
Just last week Maidenhead announced it was putting most of its staff, as well as its playing squad, on furlough, and had asked all club employees to take a 20 per cent pay cut to get the football club through this challenging period.
In their open letter to the Premier League and FA, Griffin and Adams wrote: “We fully appreciate that the Premier League, as well as Premier League clubs and players, do so much for local communities, but now could be a time for them to consider the difference they can make for all levels of football.
“The reality is that, even with the financial support packages announced by Government over the last week or so, many lower league clubs will struggle to support their basic running costs over the coming weeks and months. Football however can’t and shouldn’t rely on a specific Government bailout. It is a wealthy sport, albeit with great disparity.
“The Premier League and its clubs have the financial ability to make an immediate difference to the lower levels of football. It is probably not for us to come up with solutions, but for an example at Maidenhead United all our staff and players have agreed to a 20% pay cut during this period of uncertainty.
“Imagine the difference that could be made if all PL clubs implemented a temporary 20% wage cut for all playing staff and used the proceeds to help ease the financial plight of all other levels of football?
“In the coming months and years, the FA, Premier League and PL clubs will be looked in the eye and asked ‘what did you do during the pandemic?’ How did you help football and the wider community? And all you did is insist the season must be finished…..?
“We feel confident all sponsors and broadcasters involved with football would support this proposed new course of action, how could they not?”
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