Gary Neville tells footballers to learn a trade NOW as they may not have jobs after coronavirus financial crisis – The Sun

GARY NEVILLE has a grim warning for thousands of footballers: Learn a new trade now as you might not have a job next year.

The former England and Manchester United star insists the coronavirus pandemic will change football forever.

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He told Sky Sports: “There will be thousands of players out of contract on June 30 and this is not going to be pleasant for players and agents over the next 18 months or so.

“For players and clubs, this is really, really bad on every level. Masses of contracts won’t get renewed based on the fact clubs can’t repay them.

“If I was a player today, I’d be learning online, doing a degree, doing a BTEC, and trying to get a dual-skill.

“That’s not panicking, that’s not suggesting their careers are over, it’s just planning because jobs in football will be less, money will be less.

“And players will need to do a job next year out of football. That’s a fact.

“The smart ones will get their head around it quickly, and will go and do a different skills.”

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Premier League and EFL clubs are looking at a return to training as soon as May 9 — providing the Government lift the lockdown rules — with a targeted completion of England’s top four divisions by July 31.

But Salford City co-owner Neville added: “I want the miraculous to happen, that football returns in June or July.

“But I am very doubtful. An employer cannot put their employees at risk.”

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