The only way Portsmouth assistant and former Wolves, Millwall and QPR coach can see next season starting

Joe Gallen believes the 2020-21 season can only start when fans are allowed to attend matches.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 7:00 am

The current campaign will certainly restart behind closed doors amid the coronavirus crisis – and is highly likely to be completed that way.

That's a concern to some EFL clubs already, with Accrington chairman Andy Holt warning they face losing £500,000.

But with a date to allow mass gatherings still to be given by the government, next term could also start without supporters in grounds.

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The ramifications would mean further revenue loses, with Gallen warning it would lead to some teams going under.

That’s why Pompey's assistant manager believes next season can’t begin without having fans present.

Gallen said: ‘I’ll be leaving it to the more intelligent people around to come up with a conclusion.

‘I totally understand the Accrington chairman, who is relying on the income from supporters through the gate.

Pompey assistant Joe Gallen. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘But I’m sure there are enough finances around football – including the Premier League and EFL – where some can filter downwards and cover the costings of trying to get the season finished.

‘Then, really, we can only start the following season until we can get the crowds back in.

‘I don't see any other way around it otherwise clubs are definitely going to go under.

‘There is enough financial clout around football for this season to be completed. If it has to be without supporters, then it has to be without supporters.

‘Then we can only wait for the supporters to come back in for the following season because, if not, there are going to be a lot of football clubs going out of business.’