In order to neutralise the financial damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews believes Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs will be forced to sell players should they face a financial crisis.
According to Matthews, putting players on the market will help a lot of clubs, including SuperSport to safeguard their future through the Covid-19 crisis. However, the question is, who will have the financial muscle to buy players?
The ‘Matsatsantsa’ CEO is of the opinion that ‘the big three’ in Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are likely to come out unscathed as “they’re much stronger and have more backing to ride through the storm”.
“I anticipate that a lot of clubs are going to be selling players in the next window, and the question is, who can buy them? And right now, there are 29 clubs in the room that aren’t putting up their hands to buy players,” said Mathews in a zoom press conference with the South African Football Journalists Association (Safja).
“So, you know, the truth will come out and, we’ll see in the end, and in the next transfer window, where all the signings and small club acquisitions gravitate to and in history will show that they will gravitate to the to the big three,” he added.
“Clubs like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are hurting just like we are. But by relative degree of comparison, they’re much stronger and will have more clout, more following, more backing to ride through the storm, and relatively stronger. Definitely hurt like everybody, but relatively stronger to the rest of the of the 29 clubs.”
Matthews revealed that he told SuperSport head coach Kaitano Tembo that if push comes to shove, he has to sell a player to preserve the club.
“We need to understand that if it means selling a player to preserve the club, that’s what football clubs are about. It’s about staying afloat,” Mathews continued.
“If we look at our club, like I say to my coach, we’ve been in the top eight, in the last eight years, not in the top four. So, you know, from our perspective, nothing is really going to change if I lose a player.
“In this environment, and it means many of us are going to be offloading players. And we all know you know, where we offload players to. So, all the other clubs around me are also going to be losing a star player, and pound for pound, I’m still going to be just outside the top three.”
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