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Artell: "Salary Cap U-Turn Makes Little Difference To Us "

18 February 2021

Boss says Crewe will continue to run club with caution, especially in global pandemic.

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell believes that the recent scrapping of the proposed salary cap for League One and Two will have little bearing on the Football Club – but he is concerned for those clubs that continue to gamble with their finances.

The Alex boss says that ‘another Bury’ should never happen and the EFL and its member clubs were voting for some responsibility over spending and players’ wages, but that has now been quashed after opposition from the PFA.

Artell told the club’s official website: “The PFA were again doing what is best for its members and I totally get that, but there are clubs who will continue to overspend and take that risk. They will argue that they have a rich benefactor or they get large attendances and should be able to spend their money how they wish.

“I get all that and it’s a fair argument but there is often a day of reckoning when that benefactor passes away, gets bored with it or wants to sell. We have seen it on a number of occasions with the likes of Blackburn when Jack Walker died or at Sunderland when Ellis Short wanted out. It can leave clubs in turmoil and it takes a while again to balance the books.

“I think those clubs that are financially prudent run the risk if things do not go according to plan on the pitch. We simply cannot have another Bury on our hands.

“For a town and community to lose their Football Club in the manner they did, was scandalous for me. It should never have happened and the EFL didn’t want it to happen again.

He added: “The salary cap may have helped with that and hopefully all parties can get around the table again, consult the issue and come up with a comprise because there has to be some protection in place for clubs.”  

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