OLDHAM Athletic boss Dino Maamria will now try and turn his attentions to next season but the uncertainty continues for Latics and other EFL sides.

Clubs got a degree of clarity on Tuesday when the League One and Two seasons were officially curtailed, with the play-offs to be played to decide the final promotion place.

That leaves Latics having a 19th-place finish in the Football League’s bottom tier go down in the record books.

When football will resume for sides in League One and Two is another matter though. Some suggestions point to a restart in the second week of September.

That would be six months between competitive games for clubs that rely heavily on match-day income.

Having crowds at those games seems some way off although Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann did last week suggest it was not out of the question with a certain amount potentially allowed in while observing social distancing.

“The beginning of August will be difficult to start the new season, so you are probably looking at September at the earliest which is another three months,” he said.

“That is going to be tough for clubs to survive. If it’s the beginning of September, most clubs in this division will need money in July to help get us through until then.

“We are hoping it is September and there is also talk of some semblance of crowds coming back if we can get our stadium in a position to do that.

“We will work as hard as we can in the coming months to have something in place so we can keep some sort of distance between the fans.”

Others are already talking of formulating streaming plans that will see fans be able to pay to watch matches online.

Championship clubs are going down this route when they return on June 20, season ticket holders being offered iFollow passes for free while other supporters can buy games at £10 per match.

EFL chairman Rick Parry, who previously outlined a £200million shortfall for clubs by September, admitted after Tuesday’s vote that bringing the 2019/20 season to an end did not alleviate the immediate problems that clubs face.

“(These votes) have no bearing at all on where I said we were because we still have a massive shortfall,” Parry told BBC Sport.

“My estimate was based essentially on the loss of matchday income, which still remains the case. There is still no prospect of games taking place in front of crowds in the near future.

“Having spent many hours over the last few days and weeks getting clarity on this season, now we can start to turn our attention to the challenges of next season. But those challenges have not diminished in any way shape or form. There is a major problem still facing us.

“The aim is to make sure all the clubs survive and and we will be working 24 hours a day to make sure they do.

“We can’t give guarantees. Who knows whether we have seen the end of this crisis or whether there is going to be a second spike. But our aim, and we will be giving it our very best shot, is to make sure the EFL comes through this stronger than we are at the moment.”

Darragh MacAnthony, chairman of League One Peterborough, has been fiercely critical of the EFL throughout the process and felt the third tier season should have played to a conclusion.

The outspoken owner also has wider concerns about when things will restart again.

“It would have been lovely to find out what we are looking at starting date wise,” he told Sky Sports’ ‘The Football Show’.

“Have the EFL had a conversation with the PFA about wage cuts?

“Because you’re going to have a lot of players unemployed and the PFA are going to have to go to their members and, with what’s happened with the pandemic you’re going to have to have a wage cut and we need the PFA’s agreement with that, it’s going to be good for the players, it’s going to keep them in jobs and clubs in survival.

“Has the EFL done a deal on the bailout? We’ve had some really crappy news, so give us some good news for the future.”