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Lambert: There's Got to Be Some Kind of Help for Clubs
Friday, 25th Sep 2020 11:04

Boss Paul Lambert has backed owner Marcus Evans’s view that the Premier League or Government need to provide struggling EFL clubs with financial help with the return of fans to stadia having been delayed earlier this week, perhaps for up to six months.

Asked what he made of this week’s decision, made in the wake of the increase in coronavirus cases, Lambert said: “I really don't know where the game is going, to be honest. I think it's in a really precarious position with a lot of things and the fans not coming in is another blow to everybody.

“Like everybody, I don't know what you can do, I don't know where you can go, I don't know who you can see, it's a really dangerous position I think.”

Does the plight of other clubs worry him? “The plight of our own club worries me, not just any other club. Our own club is the same as everybody else.

“It's not a nice situation what's happening, we can't even go back into the building [at the training ground], it's incredible all the things you can't do. We have to be up in the dome [to change] that's like an icebox, so it's a dangerous situation.”

Yesterday, owner Evans said he’d like to see grants from Government made to lower league sides and that he hoped discussions with the Premier League would help secure the futures of clubs.

“I think there's got to be some help,” Lambert concurred. “There’s got to be something going into the lower leagues, without a doubt.

“Even the Championship clubs as well, there's got to be something to help everybody. If it keeps going the way it's going I don't know how some clubs will survive, I really don't. There's got to be some sort of help.”

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VanDusen added 13:20 - Sep 25
Absolutely Paul (and Marcus). If the Premier League doesn't help out here then it just underlines what a corrupt enterprise the whole last 30 years has been in terms of undermining our national game.

Longer term though the real effect has got to be on reducing player wages. Ultimately the exponential growth in revenue has mainly gone into players pockets with the rest skimmed off the top by agents, owners etc. Looks like Garbutt's transfer to Blackpool is an early sign of the sort of realignment in expectations that may be coming. Unfortunately, though, the big brands probably won't change and will continue to pay the price of a decent sized family home out weekly to a tiny few.

I still think the only solution for English football will be to get these corporate entities out and into their own Euro League as soon as possible. What is the point of teams like Morecambe and Lincoln even bothering to turn out to get hammered by a cricket score because any decent players are monopolised by these megaliths? Actually post COVID though I think it's probably fairly likely within the next five years...

Suffolkboy added 14:12 - Sep 25
Time for Downing St to start re-examining all the real evidence , for someone to play Devil’s advocate and ask why there’s a total concentration on what we can’t do, won’t be allowed to do ( for fear of State intervention) ,AND as RS yesterday indicated look to the normalising of more aspects life ,and concentrate our minds on making that possible !
That includes finding a way for Football Matches to be attended, for the business of Sport to be recognised as such ,AND considered equally with all other commercial enterprise !
Let’s hope for better !


norfsufblue added 14:39 - Sep 25
I just watched a few minutes of sky sports news and was disgusted to hear nothing but discussions on huge transfer deals involving premier league teams without even a gassing thought for not only lower league teams but even poor old Joe Public ..many of whom are stressed and stretched to the limit and likely to be unemployed in the near future... it really is abhorrent!

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