‘Seven clubs in the Championship would be happy to sell for £1’: Cardiff chairman warns financial crisis due to coronavirus pandemic will hit the EFL hard as he claims teams in the second-tier are ‘bleeding’
- Mehmet Dalman believes Championship clubs are struggling with their finances
- The Cardiff City chairman insists clubs cannot sustain their huge spending
- Dalman also insisted that it’s promotion or bust this season for Leeds United
- The 62-year-old investor has been at Cardiff City for nearly seven years
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Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has shockingly revealed that many Championship clubs would be happy to sell their teams for £1.
Dalman believes that clubs are struggling with their finances due to the coronavirus crisis and believes it will only get worse for English football’s second tier.
The Cardiff chief insists clubs cannot sustain their huge spending and some face the prospect of going out of business as clubs will miss out on gate receipts with matches played behind closed doors.
Mehmet Dalman believes clubs are struggling with their finances due to the coronavirus crisis
‘I have spoken to seven clubs in the Championship who would be quite happy to sell up for £1,’ Dalman told The Mirror.
‘They’ve just run out. You can’t live with the cost base that’s coming.
‘What’s going to happen to the game when you have a second wave of this virus? It’s not as if we will play out the season, get to August and all will be well. It won’t be.
Dalman also insisted that it’s promotion or bust this season for Cardiff’s next opponents Leeds who he believes are pinning their hopes on getting into the Premier League.
Dalman has overseen his Cardiff side be promoted and relegated from the Premier League
‘It will be a travesty if Leeds don’t get the opportunity to go up. They’ve deserved it. They’ve made a huge investment, they’re almost there and if we suddenly stop then that’s unfair.
‘But if they don’t go up then they will have some serious financial restructuring to do. Clubs are bleeding, particularly in the Championship.’
The 62-year-old has been at Cardiff for nearly seven years and has overseen his side be promoted to the Premier League as well as being relegated and are in with a shout of the play-off spots this season.
Dalman also insisted that it’s promotion or bust this season for Cardiff’s next opponents Leeds