Gary O’Neil sympathises with footballers within the decrease areas of the EFL who’re struggling in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The lethal illness, which has claimed greater than 180,000 lives worldwide, compelled soccer authorities to droop matches within the UK final month.
O’Neil, who has spent the latter levels of his profession within the Soccer League with Bristol Metropolis and Bolton, has revealed that sure gamers are coping in a different way with out soccer.
The 36-year-old informed White and Sawyer on talkSPORT: “I’ve spoken to loads of pals which are nonetheless taking part in. They’re all coping with it very, very in a different way.
“I’ve bought one buddy who’s coping with it wonderful and he’s having fun with the additional time along with his household. He’s extra financially safe and he has bought a contract subsequent season.
“However there’s a younger lad who’s needed to transfer away from his household and he’s dwelling down in a metropolis away from all people in a flat on his personal.
“All he’s bought is his train bike and his PlayStation. He hasn’t seen anybody that he is aware of or loves for weeks, so he’s struggling.”
O’Neil has been with no membership since struggling relegation from the Championship with Bolton final summer time.
With a return date for English soccer nonetheless unknown, it has left gamers, whose contracts expire on June 30, questioning the place they’ll go subsequent.
O’Neil added: “You get the blokes who’re out of contract and aren’t going to get a cope with the membership their at and he’s going to have to maneuver.
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“However he’s unsure when he’s going to maneuver as a result of he doesn’t know when the brand new season goes to start out.
“These guys within the decrease elements of the EFL, who earn wages which are extra on a stage that individuals are used to, are on one-year contracts and are going by way of a really, very unsure time.
“I feel it is vital that all of us realise that individuals are struggling and golf equipment and the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association], particularly, do their bit to ensure the gamers are okay.”