David Moyes is hoping for a footballing ‘reset’ following the financial difficulties encountering Premier League clubs amid the coronavirus crisis.
The global pandemic has seen football suspended in England with no date yet set for a potential return, the implications of the enforced break from the game seeing clubs struggle to cope with revenue losses.
Two Premier League sides – Newcastle and Norwich – have announced decision to utilise the government’s furlough scheme to pay non-playing staff, whilst a number of top-flight clubs including Moyes’ West Ham have agreed with their first-team squads to defer player wages to ease cash-flow problems.
Arsenal have also cut costs significantly, the north London side announcing that the majority of their first-team players and core coaching staff agreed a pay-cut of 12.5%.
Moyes believes the difficult situations clubs have found themselves in may prompt a rethink into the ever-increasing finances of elite football, with the Hammers’ boss hoping the sport can have a ‘reset’ once normality has returned.
“We hope football will have a little reset. I hope we’ll all look back and think: ‘Maybe we were indulging too much,'” Moyes said, as per The Telegraph.
“The people who run football clubs have got to say: ‘Have we always been doing the right things? If anything like this happened again in the future, would we be able to get through it?’
“Maybe we have to look at the prices paid for players. We might need to look at the wages. We might need to look at what’s been paid to agents. We might need to look at all different aspects of the industry.
“We’ve still got a long way to go to make sure we get out of this situation we’re in. How we come out of it, I’m not sure. We have to make sure that all football clubs are saved.”
Moyes has been using his increased spare time amid the government lockdown to volunteer, the 56-year-old having been delivering fruit and vegetables to those in need during the current crisis.
“There was a thing up in the window that said drivers needed,” Moyes said. “I volunteered to do it as my wife was away at the time and I was on my own. So I became a fruit and veg driver.
“It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg, really colourful. I was enjoying it, going back to the shop to get another lot and then filling the car up.”