BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh says he does not want to “over rely” on owner John Berylson during the coronavirus crisis.
Championship sides have received their next “award payment” of £800,000 from the EFL to try and avert some of the financial issues which have emerged with the UK taking drastic measures to limit the spread of the virus.
And Kavanagh is one of those on the front line in terms of trying to deal with the headaches that occur from a lack of gate receipts.
The EFL and Premier League have both cancelled any fixtures until at least April 30.
Kavanagh said: “John has been here 14 years. He has been an unbelievable chairman – and still is. Without John I don’t know where we’d be.
“What I don’t want to do is have to over rely on John.
“I want John to be my last resort. You’ve got to make sure you run a business and keep it going without having to rely on owners of clubs – but that’s impossible. John understands that.
“We are doing everything we can, making sure we are being fair to fans and to him.
“But it is right as CEO of the club that I do everything I can to exhaust all avenues available to me before I go to John cap in hand and say: ‘I need a bail out’. I don’t want to do that. None of us know how long this is going on for and how this will play out.
“John and I are both confident that Millwall will be in a strong position when we see light at the end of the tunnel. We want to be ready to carry on and progress Millwall forward.
“People have supported us through purchases. Buying season tickets helps us try and protect everything that is important to this club and our fans. I do understand it is extremely uncertain times for some people and it’s going to be difficult. I get that – I’m seeing that myself with my family and friends.
“We also want to try and support our community. We will look to support our core local businesses around us as well.”
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