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15 June 2020

"The longer that goes on, the more those less fortunate than ourselves will find themselves in real trouble"

Paul Lambert says he fears clubs could go out of business if games are played behind closed doors for any length of time.

The Premier League returns to action this week and their season will be played out with no fans in the stadium, with the Championship set to follow suit.

No date has been set for the start of next season and it’s likely that supporters will have to settle for an armchair seat when 2020/21 does kick off, with a general view that a phased return of fans is the way forward.   

“We are fortunate, we have a good owner in Marcus [Evans] and with the money he puts into the Club,” the Town boss told the Club website.

“It could easily be a big problem if he wasn’t here and I do fear for other clubs.

“The game needs the fans. It’s not the same game without supporters in the stadium and the longer that goes on, the more clubs less fortunate than ourselves will find themselves in real trouble.

“If we go back and start playing again without supporters, then we will get on with it like everyone else but the most important thing is that it’s safe for the players and staff to return and then when fans do come back, they feel safe and secure coming back into stadiums.”

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