Burnley boss Sean Dyche fears losing his off contract players before the end of the season.
The deals of Jeff Hendrick, Phil Bardsley, Joe Hart and Aaron Lennon expire this month and Dyche doesn't know if any of them will play at Manchester City on Monday because they want guarantees about the future.
Clubs have until Tuesday to arrange short-term extensions.
Dyche said: "I can't give them any assurances on that because I've not been given that guidance myself."
He says he warned chairman Mike Garlick of potential problems 18 months ago.
"These situations didn't need to occur but they have occurred," he added.
"That is something the chairman and the board must learn from.
"The Covid crisis has not been helpful but it's not been the cover story because I've been talking about this for 18 months. We've got to look at ourselves.
"We've had plenty of opportunity to make sure situations were sorted out earlier than this. The chairman and the board decided not to do that."