League of Ireland clubs are in a "very dangerous" situation, according to FAI interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn, who is hopeful of delivering some good news in the next week.

There remains a split among Airtricity League clubs about restarting the 2020 season as long as bans on mass gatherings and social distancing mean games will have to be played behind closed doors.

"It's a tough situation," Quinn told Sky Sports News.

"It's a very dangerous situation for our clubs to try and stay going and to play and it has taken over a lot of my team and rightly so, because we all want to get back and we would be the only summer league in Europe that didn't make it back if we don't."

The FAI hopes to stage a pilot tournament in July between the four clubs set to play in Europe next season - Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians and Derry City - after the second set of Covid-19 tests for all who would be involved came back negative this week.

However, several clubs have reservations about the financial viability of completing the Airtricity League without the income provided by gate receipts.

"We have strong clubs and clubs that are not so strong and to act in the interest of all is the key," he said.

"We've gone ahead of the posse, because all our sports are in trouble over here, it's not just football

"We have tried to find a formula that will at least begin the pathway back for everyone. Some of the clubs are a little worried about that and we get that.

"It wouldn't be right to plunge them into something they can't sustain and we'll need outside help for that."

The former Republic of Ireland and Arsenal striker mentioned the FAI's discussions with the Government and other outside agencies and suggested there may be "positive news" for clubs. 

"We've been courting that for some time now and it is beginning to formulate and we hope to have some positive news for the clubs in a week or so's time.

"But it's been difficult, as you know it is not just football that is suffering, it is every industry, and when you are knocking on government's door, or other agencies for help, you are in a queue."

The Irish Sun are today reporting that clubs will suffer no repercussions if they refuse to complete the season, with promotion and relegation scrapped as the FAI plan for a 'mini-league' between the clubs who are willing to return.

"We are at a disadvantage in a number of ways from the UK for example," said Quinn, when asked on Sky Sports News about the financial situation.

"Our TV deal is not strong enough to make us come back alone, so that is a problem, and second we had only just started our season here, so we haven't had three-quarters of the season to bring in three-quarters of the income."