Clubs in the EFL League 1 and League 2 -- English football's third and fourth tier -- will vote on Friday to decide whether to cancel the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic, with sources telling ESPN that a majority are likely to vote in favour of abandoning attempts to finish the campaign on the pitch.
Professional football in England has been suspended since March 13, with no fixed date set by either the Premier League or EFL for a return to action.
Football in England could return from the coronavirus shutdown as early as June 6, with the EFL close to finalising the restart of the Championship before the anticipated resumption of the Premier League, sources have told ESPN.
"We run the real risk of losing many famous football clubs. It could destroy the integrity of the competitions we love as football supporters. Ultimately the crisis may threaten the very existence of our football clubs if sufficient action is not taken. My concern is that we might have double figures of clubs that go to the wall."
It's a dire warning from Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley as he discusses the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on football.
Ian Henderson regards himself as one of the lucky ones. The 35-year-old Rochdale forward is out of contract at the EFL League One club, where he has played for the last seven years, on June 30, and his future is uncertain. However, as football enters its second month of a coronavirus-enforced shutdown, he insists that others have it much worse.
"The current situation is going to impact a lot of people," Henderson told ESPN. "No matter what you earn, you live by your means, but a lot of people...
English football is aiming to resume at the beginning of June, with sources telling ESPN that clubs in the EFL are working towards June 6 as a date for the return of competitive action, though matches would be behind closed doors.
Football across Europe, with the exception of the Belarus Premier League, remains suspended due to the coronavirus crisis that has led to many national governments imposing a state of lockdown which restrict the movement of the population and forbid public gatherings.