Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes lower league footballers should be looking at alternative jobs in case the coronavirus pandemic leaves them out of work.
Players whose current contracts expire at the end of the June face a daunting summer ahead as they bid to secure new deals with their existing clubs or new employers.
The global health crisis has had a crippling impact on clubs’ finances, in particular those in the lower echelons of the football pyramid in England.
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet with players and agents but it will do in two months’ time,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“It’s going to be very difficult to secure contracts with football clubs in the next 18 months because clubs are going to find it very difficult to pay.
“If I was a football player today I would be online learning, I’d be getting a degree or a BTEC. I would be doing something different and trying to get a dual skill.
“That’s not panicking. That’s just good planning. The jobs in football are going to be less, the money is going to be less, and thousands of players are going to need to do a job next year or something out of football.
“They have to plan for that now. The smart ones will get their heads around that now because the clubs want real action. They want to reset the game.”