Dean Keates believes the non-league set-up should receive more funding and the Wrexham boss says the fight for survival experienced by many clubs because of coronavirus is a “reality check” for football.

The campaign has been suspended indefinitely due to the pandemic and the National League has asked the Football Association for help in how to close down the season.

Being out of action is having a financial impact and Wrexham took the decision on Thursday to place all employees – including players, Keates and coaching staff – on furlough to “protect the future of the Football Club”.

With clubs at risk of going out of business due to lost revenue with no matches played, and waiting on a decision on what the National League will do next, Keates believes financial help should start filtering its way down from the very top.

“There has been no income coming into football clubs for the last how many weeks and for the foreseeable future until we get going again,” said Keates.

“The National League have got to make the right decision but I think we are looking to be led by the Premier League and the EFL by the looks of it.”

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