Lambert blasts EFL an ‘absolute disgrace’
Town boss Paul Lambert has not mixed his words when describing how the EFL have handled the current situation regarding football and the pandemic.
All football has been suspended since the start of March and with League One seemingly the only league which are still unsure if the season will resume, Lambert believes it is an ‘absolute disgrace’ the way it has been handled.
‘I think it’s an absolute disgrace what’s happening, with League One especially,’ he told Sportsmail.
‘It’s terrible, it’s so wrong that they haven’t told us what is going on. There are so many unanswered questions and it seems there is so much passing the buck here and there.
‘Will someone just make a decision? It’s badly lacking leadership. They should be saying, “We can’t make everyone happy, but here is the decision that we think is best for now”.
Lambert also slammed the EFL as he claimed they are ‘badly lacking leadership’ and need to be more decisive about making a decision.
‘You might not keep everyone happy but at least we can all get our head around it and make plans, be that playing the season now or ending it and not coming back until September or whenever.
‘This in-fighting, what’s happening here or there or who wants what, that’s no good for me, it’s not a nice situation.’
Town previously announced that they will be utilising the government’s job retention scheme amid the Coronavirus pandemic for non-playing staff. Meaning that 80% of employees’ wages up to £2,500 per month will be covered by the government.
We understand that as things stand the players are still scheduled to return to Playford Road on Monday 25th May.
‘You can’t take people off furlough if no one else in the division is going to do it and games aren’t going to be played. We can’t have a training date if we don’t have a start date.
‘Football is one organisation – why are we not singing from the same hymn sheet? What’s different? It’s the same game, the same ball. It should be one organisation saying, “This is what we have to do”.
‘Personally, I would love to finish, if it is safe to do so. We have five home games left and could finish well. But, looking at it, I don’t see how that’s going to happen now.’
The former Norwich, Wolves and Aston Villa manager thinks that the Premier League clubs should to help EFL clubs deal with financial burden facing them during these times.
‘I’d like to see more financial help filtering down from the Premier League,’ he said. ‘They’ve done that in Germany, eight million euros to help with testing.
‘The Premier League is the richest league in the world. If you don’t help these clubs down there, what’s going to happen to them? These clubs are vital to the communities.
‘If you’re sitting up there at the top in the Premier League, why not give a little bit to help them through this? It’s not right.’
Town currently sit tenth in the League One standings and one proposal is an extended play-off which would see the Blues miss out if a unweighted points-per-game calculation is applied to the table.
Lambert said: ‘The top 10 having a play-off idea, I don’t know who is coming up with these. They must lie at night and come up with another great idea and just put it out there. I mean, that one about turning your face away when you tackle, come on?
‘What we need here is some clear thinking and decisive decision-making, and we need it now.’