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‘We should see a reversal of the power balance’ - Lambert believes virus could change football for good

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 May 2020

Paul Lambert's Ipswich Town look set to have their season ended this week. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Paul Lambert's Ipswich Town look set to have their season ended this week. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Stephen Waller

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert believes football could ultimately be changed for the better by the coronavirus crisis.

Paul Lambert believes football could change for the better as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Picture: ARCHANTPaul Lambert believes football could change for the better as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Picture: ARCHANT

The game in this country is on hold due to the global pandemic, with it now looking likely the League One and League Two seasons will be called off and a series of formulas used to decide the final standings.

There is serious doubt surrounding next season too but, once life has returned to normal, Lambert believes some of the necessary changes could have a positive impact on the sport.

The Scot believes that change may be felt hardest outside the Premier League, with the Scot suggesting the financial state of the sport may tip the balance back in favour of clubs and away from players and agents.

“When life has finally returned to normal, I think football will change for the better,” Lambert told The Guardian.

“We should see the reversal of a power balance that has swung the wrong way for too long, switching it back in favour of the clubs.

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“I would certainly expect that to happen in the divisions below the Premier League, where the financial implications of Covid-19 are hitting particularly hard.

Ipswich Town were sitting 10th in League One when football was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis. Photo: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town were sitting 10th in League One when football was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis. Photo: ROSS HALLS

“Players and agents will have to lower their expectations, and we will see fewer instances of football clubs being held to ransom over deals and contracts.”

Speaking at a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee meeting recently, EFL chairman Rick Parry suggested clubs outside the Premier League are facing up to a potential £200million financial deficit by September due to losses incurred during the crisis.

Ipswich could lose as much as £3million during the lockdown period of the pandemic, while those losses would certainly increase given the likelihood of next season beginning behind closed doors or being significantly delayed.


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