The EFL have set aside a £50million short-term relief package to assist clubs during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

The EFL held a board meeting on Wednesday and concluded the primary objective was to ‘deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season’ to protect the competition’s integrity.

However, it said ‘plans continue to be developed on the agreed principle’ that will see the season end at the appropriate time.

The league remains in contact with the Government and relevant health authorities and says a decision on the resumption of fixtures will be made ‘when more information is known regarding the scale and extent of the coronavirus outbreak’.

Games remain postponed until at least April 3, though that date appears unlikely, with the Rovers squad not returning to training until next week.

The £50m relief package to help clubs deal with the loss of income will consist of the remaining basic award payments being advanced immediately, with the remainder made up of an interest-free loan.

The EFL hope the measures will clubs through the period of uncertainty, with the EFL describing the current situation as ‘challenging and unprecedented’.

An EFL statement read: “After receiving a detailed brief on a number of matters, the board reaffirmed that the health and well-being of EFL staff, players, Club employees and supporters would remain central to all decisions in these fast-changing circumstances.

“The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being. Plans continue to be developed on the agreed principle that it is in the best interests of the EFL and clubs to complete the current season at the appropriate time.

“As part of the League’s continued contingency planning, the board heard the comments and observations from EFL Clubs, before discussing a number of issues including the current financial position and implications, insurance, regulatory matters and broadcasting arrangements.

“Discussions centred on financial relief for clubs in the short term and while there is no one single solution, measures are to be put in place to immediately assist with cash flow via a £50million short-term relief package.

“The cash injection is included as part of a series of measures, that includes potential Government support to help Clubs and their associated businesses through this period of uncertainty. The EFL welcomes last night’s announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and is continuing discussions to understand how our Clubs can access the funding made available to support businesses.

“In addition, we will continue our discussions with our football partners to determine how we can all get through this difficult, challenging and unprecedented situation.”