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Boss: "There Are So Many Factors To Consider But We Have To Plan The Best We Can"

31 May 2020

David Artell has indicated that the outbreak of Covid-19 and the abandonment of football since March has affected his plans for the 2020/21 season - but only in terms of timing of his decision making.

The Alex boss is not jumping the gun just yet and refuses to assume that the club will be granted League One status for the new football season until it has been officially confirmed by the EFL. Crewe were top of the League Two table after completing our last match on March 7th but average points per game would see us drop to second behind Swindon Town.

Artell told the club’s official website: “Persevering human life is the first priority and then making sure that the EFL still has a certain number of football clubs and that some do not go the same way as Bury. This has affected all clubs at all levels, even Manchester United publicly announced that they had lost in the region of £30 million already.

“It has affected our plans but only in terms of the timing of the decision making. This is an ever changing environment. The picture seems to change every day and the truth is we don’t know. There are so many factors to consider.

“We don’t know when it will be safe to return to training, when the new season will start or when fans will be allowed into the stadium.

“We don’t know what league we will be in yet. That hasn’t been confirmed and I don’t count my chickens.

He added: “If we are in League One, do we miss out on the revenue if we have home fixtures against Sunderland, Ipswich, Barnsley or any more of the big hitters during the first half of the next season? There is some much to consider, especially with the finances and all you can do is make an educated guess and try and plan as best you can.”

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