Simon Jordan calls on EFL to enforce salary cap as clubs will not survive the coronavirus pandemic without it

1 Jun

Simon Jordan has urged the EFL to force through a salary cap so teams can survive the current crisis facing clubs up and down the country. The coronavirus pandemic has already significantly affected the finances of clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two. They do not have the luxury of receiving millions of […]

Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu dies aged 23

26 May

Morecambe defender Christian Mbulu has died at the age of 23. He had spells with Millwall, Motherwell, Crewe Alexandra and the Shrimps during his short-lived career. On Tuesday evening, a Morecambe statement read: “Everyone at Morecambe FC is deeply saddened to learn of Christian’s death and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his […]

‘Football will cease to exist, the pyramid will die – FACT!’ Huddersfield owner fires extraordinary warning to governing bodies

25 May

Huddersfield Town owner Phil Hodgkinson has urged governing bodies to act now in support of lower-league clubs – or risk the very future of football in this country. The coronavirus pandemic has led to uncertain financial times for most clubs outside the Premier League due to a lack of gate receipts, among various other difficulties. […]

EFL give testing programme update ahead of planned return to training for Championship clubs

22 May

The EFL have published an update on the return to training for clubs and its testing programme. The initial testing of Championship players, coaches and backroom staff has been taking place on Thursday and Friday. The full results are not expected to be available until Sunday but the EFL will not be releasing individual data […]

Northampton striker Harry Smith lost up to £20k in one night due to gambling addiction, but Sporting Chance visit helped change his life

21 May

Northampton striker Harry Smith says his gambling addiction almost forced him to retire from football. The 25-year-old recalls losing up to £20,000 by betting online in one night during a loan spell at Swindon from Milwall in the 2017/18 season. Smith took a break from football in March 2018 to seek help for his mental […]

Jamie O’Hara says League Two and National League should MERGE to save lower league football after coronavirus crisis – ‘It’s a shambles, it needs to happen’

21 May

Jamie O’Hara believes League Two and the National League should ‘MERGE’ after the coronavirus crisis to save lower league football. The Billericay Town boss claims the foot of the EFL and top of non-league should combine and be split into North and South Divisions. He believes it would not only keep travel costs down, but […]

EFL confirm that points-per-game will be used if seasons are ended, League Two bid to remove relegation rejected

21 May

The EFL have confirmed promotion and relegation will take place on an unweighted points-per-game basis if the 2019-20 campaign cannot be concluded. The league has been forced into making these plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has halted football in England since March. A club should be relegated to the National League, the EFL board […]

Tottenham ace Harry Kane compared to David Beckham by Ross Embleton after sponsoring Leyton Orient kits for next season

21 May

Leyton Orient boss Ross Embleton has compared Harry Kane to David Beckham following the England captain’s decision to become the League Two side’s kit sponsor next season. Kane has purchased the sponsorship rights for Orient’s three kits for the 2020/21 campaign, but donated them to three worthy charities, with the home shirt featuring a thank […]

Preliminary talks held about ‘radical restructuring’ of League Two and National League to save struggling clubs

17 May

Some chairmen of League Two and National League clubs have held preliminary talks about radically restructuring the football pyramid. The coronavirus pandemic has left lower league clubs gripped with uncertainty concerning how to cope in the absence of football. Clubs in League Two voted to end the season on Friday using a points-per-game system, but […]

Tottenham star Harry Kane becomes Leyton Orient sponsor for next season and donates shirt space to three charities

14 May

Leyton Orient have announced that Harry Kane, the Tottenham and England star, will be their new shirt sponsor for the 2020/21 season. In January 2011 Kane joined the O’s on loan and they gave him his professional debut in football, and he scored his first career goal against Sheffield Wednesday a couple of weeks later. […]

Championship season could restart BEFORE Premier League as EFL bosses also discuss WAGE CAP in latest coronavirus meeting

14 May

EFL bosses have said the Championship season could resume BEFORE the Premier League, following their latest board meeting about coronavirus. However, the 2019/20 League One and League Two campaigns may be declared over, with final positions decided on a points-per-game basis. League chiefs are also considering bringing in a wage cap, as they consider a […]

Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth defends parachute payments after EFL chief Rick Parry describes them as ‘evil’

12 May

Brighton’s technical direction Dan Ashworth insists the club would struggle to survive without parachute payments if they suffered relegation this season. The financial fabric of the English football pyramid has come under scrutiny amid the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. EFL chief executive Rick Parry called for a ‘reset’ last week and described parachute […]

Simon Jordan says lower league clubs are ‘staring at absolute Armageddon’ due to coronavirus and calls for Rick Parry to ‘reset’ EFL

12 May

Simon Jordan believes EFL clubs are ‘staring at absolute Armageddon’ and has called on chairman Rick Parry to help save them by ‘resetting’ the English football pyramid. While Premier League clubs may be able to keep themselves afloat during the coronavirus-enforced suspension of the game, sides outside of the top tier are in dire straits. […]

Simon Jordan’s plan to fix ‘unsustainable’ English football and help lower league clubs survive coronavirus crisis

11 May

Simon Jordan has revealed his plan to solve the financial imbalance in English football, and help cash-strapped lower league clubs survive the coronavirus crisis. The former Crystal Palace chairman has made no secret of his scathing opinion about the current climate of football and the lack of action taken to help struggling clubs during the […]

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince wants season to restart behind closed doors ‘when safe to do so’ amid coronavirus pandemic

10 May

Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince claims the best thing for all EFL clubs would be to complete the 2019/20 season, when it’s safe to do so. Reports earlier this week suggested that Leagues One and Two would be called off with a points-per-game system used to determine promotion and relegation. Vince insisted this was […]

Leagues One and Two abandoned? Forest Green chief rubbishes reports and suggests season will still be completed

9 May

Forest Green owner Dale Vince has rubbished reports that Leagues One and Two will be abandoned next week. News emerged yesterday to suggest the current campaigns in English football’s third and fourth tiers will be called off in the coming days. The Athletic claims a points-per-game system could be used to determine promotion and relegation. […]

Leagues One and Two to be ABANDONED next week with EFL considering points-ger-game model to determine promotion and relegation

8 May

League One and League Two clubs will be told next week that their 2019/20 campaigns are over as there is no chance that games can be completed. According to reports, clubs will be asked to vote on a method of how to finish the season – with a points-per-game model being favoured. The Athletic claim […]

Liverpool, Leeds, Barrow… Eight clubs who stand to lose the most if all football is declared null and void – from the Premier League to the National League

3 May

Whisper it quietly, but you can guarantee plenty of football fans wouldn’t mind if the season was declared null and void. No relegation must sound pretty dreamy to the likes of Norwich, Barnsley, and Bolton. And here’s the thing, a null and void 2019/20 campaign remains a very real possibility, from top to bottom. The […]

Forest Green chairman believes EFL season could resume ‘as early as June 6’ but admits that might be ‘optimistic’

28 Apr

The 2019/20 EFL season could return to action as early as June 6 providing conditions in the country permit, Forest Green chairman Dale Vince believes. Football in France and the Netherlands has been brought to an end this term but talks in England are continuing on how the game can safely resume amid the coronavirus […]

Coronavirus: EFL chief admits uncertainty over when fans will be able to return to stadiums while offering update on possible return of football

17 Apr

Rick Parry, chairman of the English Football League, has admitted he has no idea when fans will be able to return to stadiums to watch football. The EFL is, along with nearly all other football worldwide, currently suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. League chief Parry last week suggested to clubs that they should […]

How Plymouth Argyle are going above and beyond to help support the NHS during coronavirus pandemic

15 Apr

Plymouth Argyle are going above and beyond to help support the National Health Service and their local community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Pilgrims are among only a handful of EFL clubs to offer their stadium to the NHS while football is suspended indefinitely. Routine services, including blood tests and antenatal care, have been taking […]

EFL and PFA propose 25 per cent deferral of players’ wages amid coronavirus pandemic

14 Apr

Clubs could defer up to 25 per cent of players’ wages in April following a statement made by the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association. This agreement applies to Leagues One and Two, meanwhile, Championship clubs are expected to make decisions on an individual basis. However, players who earn less than £2,500 a month […]

Leyton Orient CEO lauds NHS and explains why League Two club have offered free tickets to medical staff as thanks for tireless work during coronavirus pandemic

2 Apr

Leyton Orient may have hit the headlines for their Ultimate QuaranTeam FIFA tournament in recent weeks – but that’s not the only good work the League Two club are doing off the pitch during the coronavirus crisis. The O’s announced earlier this week that they will be offering 100 free tickets to NHS staff for […]

Ultimate QuaranTeam LIVE updates: Wolves take on Groningen at 7pm TONIGHT in final of Leyton Orient’s fundraising FIFA tournament

22 Mar

Leyton Orient’s ‘Ultimate QuaranTeam’ is down to its final two clubs as Wolves take on Groningen on FIFA for bragging rights tonight. With football in recess due to the coronavirus, Orient’s idea has really captured the imagination and teams from around the world – including Manchester City, Ajax and Roma – have taken part in […]

When will the Championship resume? Have the League One and Two seasons ended? What has the EFL said about 2019/20 campaigns?

20 Mar

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on football. Teams up and down the UK were competing for promotion or battling relegation when their 2019/20 seasons were put hold on hold in March. However, football has been cleared to return in June by the Government – behind closed doors – and leagues are […]

Football clubs losing income due to coronavirus pandemic will be supported by government, says chancellor Rishi Sunak

18 Mar

The government WILL support those football clubs who lose income from the postponement of matches due to coronavirus, chancellor Rishi Sunak has insisted. All professional football in England has been suspended until April 3 at the earliest, while in Scotland matches have been stopped indefinitely amid a worldwide suspension of a number of sporting events […]

Football clubs losing income due to coronavirus pandemic will be supported by government, says chancellor Rishi Sunak

18 Mar

The government WILL support those football clubs who lose income from the postponement of matches due to coronavirus, chancellor Rishi Sunak has insisted. All professional football in England has been suspended until April 3 at the earliest, while in Scotland matches have been stopped indefinitely amid a worldwide suspension of a number of sporting events […]

Ultimate QuaranTeam draw confirmed: Leyton Orient staging 128-team FIFA tournament to raise funds for EFL clubs amid coronavirus pandemic

17 Mar

Leyton Orient are staging a 128-team FIFA tournament this weekend in a bid to raise money for EFL clubs and the draw for the special event has been confirmed. The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 180,000 people worldwide including over 7,000 deaths, has forced the Premier League and EFL to suspend all matches. […]