EFL Restart – How Will It Affect Club Finances?Peter Houghton
With the restart of football still up-in-the-air, I saw an interesting article on twitter about how clubs in League 1 & 2 might fare if, against the background of having received little or no income for the last 6 weeks or so, they had to restart paying their staff before they could even kick a ball in anger.
It is widely accepted that players will need almost a pre-season to get themselves ready to play again and once they foot in the training camp door, the guillotine comes down on furlough payments and clubs will have to resume paying people, including players who have been supported by the government in the interim. This would put serious pressure on some clubs and I for one would not like to see clubs fail to emerge from the crisis. You might see Andy Holt’s (Accrington Stanley) view on this on Twitter. These are his personal views on @AndyhHolt
The levels of preparation that we face as safety officers, even for the resumption of football without spectators, should not be underestimated. The German model reckons that there will be at least 350 people in attendance at one of these matches and all would need to be tested before every match.
I don’t often agree with Simon Jordan, who these days is a regular contributor on Talksport, but he foresees a situation where a person might contract the disease as a result of having to work on the matchday site and then sues the club. He thinks that “Corporate Manslaughter” might not be out of the question. There must be a likelihood that something like this will happen. If there are something like 50 matches per round of games this is something like 17500 people involved ( I get that lower league matches won’t have the same of TV & Media involvement). It’s hard to see a scenario where all these people will remain safe match after match until the season concludes.
So, the message is – take note of the Coronavirus Risk Analysis written by John Newsham and ensure your club is aware of all the potential threats. You can then ensure that what you have identified forms part of your matchday risk assessment and will show you’ve done as much as you can to identify and mitigate the threats to the well-being of your club. We don’t want to be clinging to the brass rails in the walnut cubicle!
The route to the Risk Analysis is:
login to fsoa.org.uk,
click on members area,
click on “downloads”,
click on Members Documents
scroll down to CORONAVIRUS RISK ANALYSIS TEMPLATE.
This is a word document that is adaptable to any stadium or workplace.