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So where does this leave us?

LancsGordoRoad

Vital 1st Team Regular
There’s nothing new there, Evans has been saying the same weekly in his chats to the media team. Until we get a start date we can’t move forward. Other clubs with more stable finances can though, so 2 of them have signed 2 of our players already.
Yes, exactly. However, there is room for a degree of creativity with player contracts. I mentioned in another thread that a pro club up here in the north-west has signed a player or players with a clause attached linked to official start of the season. That is, the player/s have signed a contract to play for the club but accepting that it will not kick-in (for payment of wages) until shortly before the actual season starts. That is a way forward, especially for lower league clubs and the reward for compromise is, for the player, he gets the security of knowing he will be employed when the season starts and for the club, the security of knowing that should the season start be deferred many months ahead, the club`s player contracts will not bankrupt them.
 

LancsGordoRoad

Vital 1st Team Regular
Not sure whether it`s this Wednesday, or put back to next Thursday (6th Aug) , but there should soon be some more news and a vote on Salary Caps. Apparently the sums being considered are a £2.5m max for L1; £1.5m max (up from 1.25) for L2; £900K for National League and £600K for the next tier down of NL. Seems the Caps could commence 2021/22 on a sliding scale, in order to cover multi-year contracts.

Example given - for a team salary over the max cap - a player on, say, £2K a week in 2021/22 could count as £1K a week for that season`s cap, sliding down to fit the cap from 2022/23.

Talks originally agreed that the overall salary cap would include all agents` fees and player bonuses. That remains to be sorted.

Not sure how accurate the above is but feel that it`s probably fairly close to reality.
 

LancsGordoRoad

Vital 1st Team Regular
Good to hear, but really we need the Prem and Championship to follow suit.
Yes, you`re right there. Suspect that the Championship will follow suit at some time but there may well be resistance to losing, or reducing, parachute payments. Premiership seems to be a law unto itself, they`ll take a lot of convincing !
 

jogills

Vital 1st Team Regular
Salary cap suggestions sound practical but I don't expect the premiership to follow suit. Individual clubs and players may well adapt to a new reality, in which only the very top players attract mega money however. As far as Leagues One & Two are concerned I think we will almost certainly need support from the big boys and from the TV companies in the near term. The price for that help? Salary caps because they won't be able to sell an aid package to fund stupid pay structures.
 

chris who

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A snippet from Rochdale shows that plans are underway for reduced attendances (below their current average) so presumably similar plans received by Gills

Be nice for Gills to provide an update on our plans.

https://www.rochdaleafc.co.uk/news/2020/july/dbupdate_240720/
Their capacity is about 10,200 and average attendance is about 3,500 so judging on this article we are probably looking at a reduced capacity of less that 3,800 approximately.