“We must have a plan to ensure that English football is not decimated should this season be lost and next season blighted.
“We hope we do not need this plan as we are all determined to finish the professional football season, however we would be fools not to develop such a contingency plan. Those that lost their clubs because English football did not rise to the challenge would rightly judge us harshly.
“Time is pressing as football burns through its cash reserves with no sign yet of a resumption of the game. Pointing fingers serves no purpose.
“It is time for the stakeholders to agree common cause to save our game. Contribute. Football is a team game and now is the time for teamwork.
“The FA looks forward to working with all football stakeholders to safeguard the future of our game.”
‘Finishing season a priority, but not guaranteed’
Clarke has also admitted it may not be possible to finish the 2019/20 season, although completing the campaign remains the aim of the FA in order to resolve promotion, relegation and title winners on merit.
“No one knows how long the lockdown will last and what social distancing measures will endure even when the daily rate of infection is much reduced,” Clarke said. “Our government is rightly cautious as human life is at stake and prudence is our only sensible option.
“We are committed to finishing the professional football season as this resolves the issues of promotion and relegation together with title winners on merit. However, we may not be able to finish the season as football is not our priority, human life is, and we will do as the government directs as the pandemic unfolds.
“Further down the football pyramid, our Leagues have requested that the season is curtailed and that decision rests with the FA Council.”