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Friday, February 27, 2009

Malwhinney Expects Clubs To Survive

Football League Chairman Brian Malwhinney expects that the League will not lose any of it's members to the economic crisis.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Darlington he said: "The club will be run by the administrator and it's up to him to find new investment and hopefully he will succeed. But it’s the economic climate and it's not great.

"Every club is having to run in a severe economic climate and we are told that it’s the worst for 100 years. There are going to be businesses across the country affected so of course there are football clubs that are going to be affected too."

The former Cabinet minister doesn't think there will be casualties amongst the clubs going into Administration: "One thing they did not give me when I took this job six years ago was a crystal ball so I always resist from delivering speculative answers. But I have no reason to believe the number of clubs in the Football League will diminish between now and the end of the season. If I was asked whether I thought there would be 72 clubs in the Football League after that, I would like to think so.

"The pressure is going to be even more on the clubs to make sure they are living within their means. They are going to have to cut their costs accordingly."

A number of people involved in football have already warned that players wages are likely to reduce this summer, while contract lengths are also expected to decrease with more clubs relying on cheap - and often free - youth team players from higher graded sides to make up the numbers of thinner squads.