Paul Barber admits it will be a big financial blow if Albion have to start next season playing behind closed doors.

But the club continue to put health first as they hope to resume action.

As confirmed in The Argus today, the opening match after the Covid-19 stoppage will be the first competitive fixture the club have ever played behind closed doors.

Albion are already offering refunds to fans for their five remaining home fixtures this term.

Barber has confirmed they are examining all possibilities for the 2020-21 season amid varying reports as to how long social distancing measures will remain in place across the country.

Albion’s deputy chairman and chief executive said: “We’re budgeting for every eventuality.

“We’re very fortunate that we have full houses every week.

“We’ve got a waiting list for season tickets. We’ve got a waiting list for all of our corporate seats.

“We’ve been very, very lucky in the near ten years that we’ve been at the Amex.

“So to not have fans in the stadium would obviously have a significant effect in terms of the team and the atmosphere.

“Financially, it would be a big blow and we are looking next season at all the different scenarios.

“But the most important thing is making sure that people are safe and, if the Government says that the fans can come back, that will be great.

“If there are conditions attached to that, of course, we’ll follow them.

“But equally, if it’s not safe, then we as a football club have got to do the responsible thing and manage our business accordingly.”

Albion must have a masterplan for both Premier League and Championship football next term.

Barber said: “I’d love to be able to just focus on the Premier League plan but we have to be sensible and prudent.”