Germany is leading the way with the Bundesliga as they prep to start as early as May 8. With Man United wanting to start training around that time, it sends out some positive vibes we getting ready for a Premier League restart relatively soon.
Mid COVID-19 and Man United send signs of hope after assistant coach, Kieran McKenna, confirmed the club is optimistic to return to training during May. They were one of the few clubs who tried to hold training under strict conditions complying with the then social distancing rules.
By that time, Europe was named the epicentre of the fast sweeping virus and everything was shut down. There was more uncertainty, with football postponed indefinitely. We are now hoping the worst is behind us and we now start planning how to get back to the “new norm” trying to end the 2019/2020 proceedings.
At the moment, we are working towards, touch wood, the lockdown loosening after the next deadline and being able to return to some sort of training. We are working to that schedule at the moment but, if we have to push back again, we have got a plan B and plan C already prepared.
At the moment, we are working off the premise that we’ll have a short window of training, maybe three weeks or so, before we return. (Via: Sky Sports)
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Wolves forward, Diogo Jota, is as optimistic as those who want the league to finish. He says there will be an end to the current EPL campaign, saying it will feel like preseason when they restart.
I believe the Premier League can finish. When it starts, it will be like a pre-season for the players because when you don’t play it’s impossible to be as fit as you were. Anything can happen because it will be like a new season. (Via: BBC Sports)
Villains defer 25% of salary
The Villain’s join in on the giving. The whole club, from players to management will put off 25% of their salaries for four months, according to BBC Sports. Their non-playing staff will be paid in full during the COVID-19 pandemic. More heroes than villains with this move.
Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems. We believe it is right and proper that the Premier League as a whole takes action on its finances collectively to enable it to be able to continue to provide vital funding throughout the game in England. (ViaL BBC Sports)
The real villains – Chelsea
You can always rely on one team not to feel the same as the rest and that’s Chelsea. Their players, like Mesut Ozil, have refused to take a pay cut in their salary, as per reports. However, in return will proceed to help other organisations during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chelsea’s first-team players will not be taking a pay cut to contribute to the club during the coronavirus pandemic, but will “focus on further supporting other charitable causes”. (Via: BBC Sports)
Not good enough Blues! Should be following suit and helping above and beyond. There will be a time their salaries will be paid in full, why not show your giving power as elite athletes and role models.