ALBION could hand over the Amex in the battle against coronavirus.

The club have already held talks aimed at making the best use of their stadium and other resources while football remains on hold and their medical staff have already volunteered to help the NHS.

Albion’s stadium and the American Express Elite Performance Centre at Lancing stand unused while fixtures are delayed and staff, including players, work from home.

The club have been playing a waiting game since Premier League action was called off initially until this weekend, then until the end of the month.

Premier League clubs yesterday voted not to resume the season until safe and appropriate to do so

The Albion board then met to discuss their next step.

Paul Barber, the club’s chief executive and deputy chairman, told The Argus: “We have got a couple of discussions ongoing with the local authority, NHS and Sussex Police regarding using our facilities in a range of different ways.

“We will help in any way we can.

“If our facilities are needed, then we are happy to support that.

“Some of our medical staff have volunteered to help the NHS if their particular skills are needed.

Prior to yesterdays meetiing Mr Barber said it would help to get more clarity on the earliest possible time they could return to play.

“That gives us a period of time in which we can devote our stadium, for example, to whichever service needs it at any given time for a decent period of time,” he added.

“Obviously what we wouldn’t be able to do is to give over our facilities and then suddenly have to play behind closed doors in a few weeks. That would be silly.

“We just want to get as much clarity as we can so that we can prioritise supporting the local authority, the NHS, Sussex Police, whoever needs the facilities of the stadium.”

Albion have earned widespread praise for their impressive levels of communication and community support during the Covid-19 crisis.

Barber, technical director Dan Ashworth and head coach Graham Potter have taken significant voluntary pay cuts for April, May and June.

The club would have been hosting Manchester United at the Amex today had coronavirus not struck.