Exclusive: 'Devastating' Leeds financial blow feared by Danny Mills
Danny Mills has claimed it would be financially “devastating” for Leeds United if next season was played behind-closed-doors.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, feared the Whites would not even be able to offload senior stars to balance the books in such an eventuality.
EFL chairman Rick Parry, providing evidence to the MPs at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee last Tuesday, claimed that it could cost Championship clubs to play if the 2020/21 season was played behind-closed-doors.
Whites chief Angus Kinnear has revealed that Leeds could survive for until November or December if games were to be played behind-closed-doors.
However, this would suggest Leeds could not survive financially if next season was to be played without fans.
When asked by Football Insider how concerned Leeds would be with Rick Parry’s suggestion, Mills said: “They get 35,000 people in pretty much every week. The money they would lose is equal to that of the players’ wages – it is a lot.
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“It would be devastating if next season was behind-closed-doors but it would not just be for Leeds, it would be all clubs who rely on that money.
“You could try and sell a Kalvin Phillips but how much is he worth in this market. I am not sure other teams will have the money. Half the Premier League sides will not have the money.
“All of a sudden it is a catch-22 situation.
“Leeds would be OK if they get a TV deal and they can broadcast their own games. They would attract a big audience. A lot bigger than Rochdale.”
Football Insider revealed gate receipts at Elland Road to be worth £12.6million for the year ending 30 June 2019.
According to Parry, EFL clubs are heading for a £200million shortfall by September.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider midfielder heading for summer exit after player reveal.