IAN Evatt has welcomed advance payments from the Premier League to the National League but said further financial support was needed during the coronavirus crisis.

A £125 million fund is being paid out by the Premier League to EFL as well as the National League as clubs face a difficult period following the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, the money is an advance on solidarity payments, parachute payments and academy grants owed to clubs in August and is not extra funding.

The Barrow AFC boss, who were in a strong position to to return to the football league, acknowledged clubs were struggling financially and called for more support.

Evatt said: “The money that is being given out was needed.

“But it is not that much and is only an advance payment.

“It would have been coming at the end of August.”

The Premier League said: “The League unanimously voted to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time.”

The Bluebirds currently sit top of the National League, four points clear of Harrogate Town.