EFL Chief Proposes 'Closed Doors' Return to Action

EFL chairman Rick Parry is understood to have made contact with each of the 72 EFL clubs outlining the proposed master plan which could see the 2019/20 season bought to a successful conclusion.
Parry, who was named Chairman designate in September 2019 following a comprehensive search process, is understood to have sent an e-mail to outfits from the Championship, League One and League Two, outlining what they should do.

1) Give their players time off starting from NOW and not returning to any form of training until May 16.
2) Aiming at crashing through a 56-day season when they can to complete all three divisions.
3) Carrying on with Play-Offs, with home and away semis and a final at a venue to be decided.
4) All games to be closed doors until further notice.
5) Clubs are being told to pay the wages of the players this month while talks continue with the PFA about how that can be done.
6) EFL to put the advance 'rescue' package from the Premier League on hold right now despite clubs needing cash.
7) Arranging a break between seasons, with no set date for the 2020/21 campaign.

- Source: The Sun

The email saw seven key points outlined as the organisation begins to consider the next steps towards a resumption of action following a lengthy Coronavirus-caused hiatus.

Clubs are currently sifting through the various implications of the ideas today before formalising an agreed plan of action by the end of the week.

The plans mean the season could restart in early June with the Play-Offs going ahead despite calls to end the season on league position alone likelihood now is that this campaign will run into July and possibly even August.

The issues surrounding the releasing of Premier League's proposed £125 million rescue package is also likely to cause splits as some clubs would run into potential FFP issues given their lack of financial control.

Whilst clubs at the bottom end of the financial scale are already low on funds and are in need of cash a injections as they sit stagnant whilst the world continues to deal with Covid-19.
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