The Premier League have kept money that would have gone to clubs in the EFL for themselves. So much for that solidarity…
Times are tough in the Football League, and there’s every chance they will get even tougher.
So a little solidarity from the haves to the have-nots wouldn’t go amiss, but according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, that spirit is a little missing.
He reported on Monday that the Premier League rejected an application for the EFL to have the ‘parachute’ payments due to Fulham and West Brom reallocated to the 72 clubs, with that money now dispersed back into the collective Premier League coffers.
Needless to say, the panel on this week’s Totally Football League Show had some opinions on the matter.
“I think this would have been the perfect way for them to help out,” said Adrian Clarke. “It would have been the right gesture. It’s very selfish of them to take it back.
“The Premier League clubs are down an awful lot of money, what with the China TV agreement being cancelled, along with other issues, so I get their predicament. But the EFL is in desperate need of funds, it wouldn’t have hurt the Premier League, they wouldn’t have been expecting those funds back, so it would have been the right gesture in my view to spread it out among the 72 clubs because it would have made a big difference for them.”
Robyn Cowen added: “It would have been a very easy PR win for the Premier League. There has been so much chat about how certain teams were going to survive, this would have been a big tick in their box, and it wouldn’t have been that difficult.”
While Sam Parkin said:
“I think they should [feel obligated to help]. I think we should have learned lessons from what happened to Bury, when you think of the superpowers that neighbour them: something could have been done just out of kindness really.
“It’s so interesting going into these fixtures: we’re excited about new players and teams’ chances, but a lot of the build-up was dominated by clubs that are down on numbers or struggling to pay x amount for players.
“Further down the EFL there are clubs that have been really hindered by coronavirus, so it would have been the perfect gesture of solidarity.”
You can listen to the Totally Football League Show ad-free on The Athletic – subscribe for £1/month here.
Did you know The Totally Football League Show is now TWICE a week? You can listen to the latest edition here, or even better subscribe here. If you wish to reproduce any of the material in this article or from the podcast you are very welcome to, but please credit The Totally Football Show and include this link.