Are they going to be able to afford them at the start of another season
Who knows, but at least they would know the budget and costs likely to be involved plus hopefully gate revenue. I don’t expect many clubs that didn’t expect this situation can afford to spending between £100-500k now without gate receipts for the last 3 months?
I don’t believe that for one moment, the overriding factor is fear, not of Covid, but off the threat of relegation or the lack of promotion. I’m sure if it was a financial issue they would find a way of suggesting a way round the issues. Our owner put forward the figures that the lack of games and no gate was affecting our club and he was quite happy to stump up the money. Not through fear of relegation, but in the hope of getting promoted.
The top three don’t want to continue, that is not financial that is self interest..