League One and Two clubs want salary cap introduction next season

Clubs want season finished by July 31

By James Heneghan
Monday, 27th April 2020, 11:44 am
Mansfield chairman John Radford.
Mansfield chairman John Radford.

The majority of clubs in League One and Two have written to the English Football League asking for a salary cap to be introduced from next season.

The letter, signed by 37 of the 47 teams in tiers three and four, was sent by Mansfield chairman John Radford following a meeting between all clubs regarding the financial impacts of COVID-19.

The letter states that clubs would ideally like the current season to be finished before July 31, while there are also concerns over the costs of matches being played behind closed doors.

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"The clubs are committed to wage caps for the 2020-21 season and beyond," wrote Radford in his letter. "This recognises that revenue in 2020-21 is likely to be reduced by as much as 50 per cent.

"The clubs want to urgently look with the EFL into creative ways of setting the wage cap, which guarantees the long-term future for all EFL clubs.

"This is not a list of demands but is the desired direction of travel from the clubs."

It is anticipated further discussions will take place over the issues, although it could be another two or three weeks before the picture becomes clearer.