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League Two Clubs Set For Crisis Talks as Season End is Considered

Officials representing clubs in Sky Bet League Two are due to hold a meeting on Tuesday afternoon with the possibility of ending the current season likely to be sitting atop the agenda.
The twenty-four teams, including Darrell Clarke's Saddlers, have organised an emergency video call as they seek to avoid some of the many issues which continue to arise due to the ongoing coronavirus lock-down.

Many football finance experts are expecting clubs in the lower reaches of the English pyramid to go to the wall as almost all of their income, much of which is generated on a matchday, has simply disappeared as fans are forced to stay home with the Covid-19 pandemic putting much of normal life on hold.

According to a report first published by journalist Alan Nixon, if a large number of teams push for the season to end as things stand, a vote on the decision is likely to follow. with the outcome potentially having huge repercussions all the way up to the Premier League.

Many League Two chairmen fear they will not have enough funds to go ahead with a restart with the cost of playing on in an extended campaign likely to be too much for most, especially after factoring in an increased wage bill as contracts will likely be extended following the lengthy delay.

Clubs are unlikely to be able to add much money to their far-from-overflowing piggy banks as games will almost certainly be played behind closed doors as the powers that be continue to work towards a return to normality.

To add to club's woes, officials at the PFA are believed to want a blanket deal on contract extensions, meaning clubs will not be able to pick and choose which players they want to keep for final few games of the season.

There are hundreds of players due to be out of contract on Tuesday, 30th June, including several in the Walsall squad, and extending their deals would undoubtedly have a devastating effect on some of the less-than financially stable clubs in the fourth tier.

The Premier League are believed to favour ending the season on the pitch but will no doubt have their eyes peeled as to which way clubs in League Two decide to go as teams in the top tier have their own issues to deal with.

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