Gillingham chairman fears financial troubles if the team earns EFL Championship promotion

Gillingham chairman fears financial troubles if the team earns EFL Championship promotion

English League One club Gillingham's chairman Paul Scally insists that EFL clubs will eventually run out of money and slammed a potion of footballers for not reasoning when it comes to pay cuts.

Scally's side has reportedly entered negotiation talks with the players with regards to reaching a plausible agreement over their wages with football still not known when it will resume.

The lockdown in the United Kingdom is expected to be lifted on May 7 and the June 6 noted for the season to resume but that is still all in the air and dependable on the increase or decline of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to claim lives.

Scally took over the reins at Gillingham in 1995 and has been the source of funding to help The Gills earn promotion into the English Championship from League One next season.

Now the chairman says he is afraid of what will happen to his club as he believes the Championship's finances will be hit the hardest due to the coronavirus.

“I don’t think that we will be playing the remaining games that we have left outstanding in front of crowds,” he told TalkSport.

“So we will not get any sponsorship money and the TV money is, understandably, under threat.

“Where are we going to find the money to pay wages later on?

“We probably have another month or two [until we run out of money], without anything else happening internally,” he added.

“It all depends on the players and we are in heavy discussions with those.

“But there are a number of players, not at Gillingham but throughout the country, that are not seemingly getting it.

“I don't think they realise the problems with their clubs.

“I would be petrified if my side were promoted to the Championship at the moment.

“Public opinion does not look good for football right now, particularly at the top level. The man in the street is not impressed with what he is hearing about wealth and about wages."

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