Ex-Preston man describes tearful exit scenes, clubs prepare 'doomsday' plans, Lilywhites continue to pay staff - round-up

Championship clubs are reportedly discussing a 'nuclear' emergency option as they look to navigate the trouble caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 5:02 pm
Ex-Preston describes tearful exit scenes, clubs prepare 'doomsday' plans, Lilywhites continue to pay staff - round-up

The Daily Mail report that the possibility of group 'doomsday' administration, if no common ground can be found, has been discussed by second-tier owners and chief executives.

However, the plans would require agreement from all 24 Championship clubs and an enormous amount of trust from all sides.

In other news, Leeds United announced a £21.4m loss for the 2018/19 season but are confident of meeting FFP regulations.

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Administrative costs, which largely consist of wages were up by £22m for the period, tipping the balance between profit and loss. During the period, Leeds made a huge investment to bring head coach Marcelo Bielsa to Elland Road and provide him with a squad capable of pushing for promotion.

Total wages across the business were £46m... you can read more about the Whites latest set of public accounts HERE.Elsewhere, ex-Preston and Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger has admitted it was an emotional time when he came to leave Deepdale and head on loan to the North East club back in September 2009.

“Boro had a bit of interest in me. Their manager was Gareth Southgate – I was a Villa fan and he was a defender," he explained “I didn’t want to leave but I ended up doing.

“When I told the Preston manager Alan Irvine before a game against Scunthorpe on the Monday night, I was crying."

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The 30-year-old is seen tricks while young son attempts to catch the ball but is not impressed with Owls attacker - you can watch the footage for yourself HERE.Also - Wigan Athletic attacker Josh Windass, who is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, has opened up on his use of social media and claimed several of his former teammates - including Charlie Mulgrew - believe him to be a model professional.

"You wouldn’t think that though would you, because I tweet. Apparently that means you have a bad attitude now," Windass said. "Because you tweet it means you don’t care. Doesn’t make sense.

"I’ve never had an alcoholic drink in my life either."

Preston North End are understood to be fully paying the vast majority of their staff during football’s shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only a small number of workers – believed to be in single figures – have been furloughed.