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Boss: "Those Who Want The Season To End Have Their Own Agenda"

Artell says some club owners trying to be opportunist over players wages.

21 April 2020

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell remains optimistic that the 2019/20 season will still  be completed. The Alex boss says that regardless of our current league position in League Two, he would still want the remaining games to be completed to protect the integrity of the competition.

The Alex boss believes that those owners wishing to end the season now are only looking to protect their own interests and ‘are working towards their own agendas’.

Senior club officials are set to hold conference calls with the EFL today to discuss the planning for the season to be completed and Artell hopes that those owners wishing to end the season at this point remains very much in the minority.

Artell told the club’s official website: “The general consensus is that we want the season to finish but there are one or two who are opposed to that. They are in the minority I must say and I would think they are being opportunist and have their own agenda behind that stance.

“Gordon Taylor has asked for players to take a 25% pay cut and I understand that but there are some chairman who want 50% and others looking to use the coronavirus to get out of paying them at all!

“That doesn’t sit morally right with me at all. It is morally wrong and their contracts should be honoured. They have to be.

“What I don’t want is for those who are banging that particular drum continue to bang on long and loud enough that their voices begin to get heard. From us at the top down to Stevenage at the bottom, the majority of us want the season to finish and the integrity of the competition to be upheld.

“If that means playing behind closed doors and the EFL and clubs streaming games for the supporters then so be it. We have to be inventive in these unprecedented times. I read that the Derby Chief Executive suggesting that the on-line betting companies could get involved and stream the games there. It is that type of thing we have to consider and nothing should be off the table.”

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