Why Premier League clubs see an opportunity in lower-league crisis | David Hytner

EFL sides are facing financial meltdown due to the coronavirus pandemic but there could be radical solutions

According to the American psychologist Gary Klein, desperation is a driver of creativity, a means to unlock insight or solutions that might otherwise have been untried or not even considered.

Right now, English football is in a precarious place, particularly lower down the leagues, where sobering financial realities have bitten and, to some powerful people, Klein’s theory has resonated. How can everyone adapt to survive in the coronavirus-scarred landscape, they have asked? Could radical opportunity arise?

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