Project Restart commences

Well, it’s not much, but at least it’s something and it is solid.
After weeks of discussions, the Premier league have agreed that training will resume in small groups of up to five, starting from Tuesday.
It’s not clear which Tuesday, but I’m guessing it’s next week as all players and staff will have to be tested and proven clear beforehand.
Or maybe it means you can begin as soon as you’ve fulfilled those conditions, from tomorrow. Who knows?

It’s no doubt just going to be basic fitness training first, as it’ll be none contact.
Which makes you wonder how long all this is going to take before the players are ready to play the game at a proper level. I’m sure I glanced at an article somewhere that said it will take at least six weeks minimum to get the players into some sort of shape.
Which takes us to the beginning of July, as it is.

This leaves me asking myself what chance we have of abandoning the season and now I think it’s frankly zero.
Apparently this protocol has been agreed unanimously by all parties concerned.
Logic tells me that if the players have agreed to this (and the small groups thing suggests to me they don’t have to socially distance???), it’s only a small step to move up to full group training, contact level training and then actually playing.
Or maybe I’m getting ahead of myself with that thinking?

Either way, this is probably the biggest step taken and I believe the firm intention is to play the season out.
It makes sense.
Apparently the EFL don’t want to abandon their season because it would set a precedent to the Premier league.
So they will play theirs out and get bona fide promoted teams.
By hook or by crook, the Prem will ensure our season is played out, in our own, empty grounds.
Probably with the new season starting as quick as is possible.
We have bona fide relegated teams.
Sky and BT get to show the games.
The Prem gets it’s money and there is no litigation.

Which probably leads to us being relegated, because home advantage isn’t just the ground you’re playing at; it’s the support.

There is one hope, which is the one OriginalLondonLion suggests, in that the weather will be warmer and we’re a fairweather team.


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    Hitchens60 May 18, 2020 at 8:37 pm .

    It seems the general consensus was 4 to 5 weeks training for a restart but Steve Bruce claimed six weeks is needed – that’s the article you read Badger.

    Frankly, I’ve completely lost interest – the outcome of this season however sorted will be artificially constructed and I’m not paying anyone (Sky, BBC or whoever) to watch socially distanced football in empty stadiums. Will the ref wear full PPE?

    In other news, it’s rumoured that Villa have quoted Manure £80m for a Grealish whichever division we end up in. Quite right to!

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    Mark May 19, 2020 at 1:13 pm .

    To me it’s farcical to complete the season now. There are many more important things going on. If they continue, presumably with lots of teething troubles over testing and potentially squads having to isolate (as in Germany) we will see a pale imitation of our great game. I know it’s more of a business decision than a health one but can we really get excited about matches with no contact(think what will happen when someone scores?) Football is a contact sport and nothing without the supporters.
    Relegated teams will rightly take legal action later for unfair circumstances.
    Most teams have nothing to play for now.
    What will happen with the Euro comp next June if we don’t start the next season on time because we can’t complete this one? So many issues in trying to soldier on against the odds. Take a bit of time to train safely and wait and see…

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    Bum Bum May 22, 2020 at 10:13 am .

    What’s football??? This has been the longest Bank Holiday weekend in history. Can barely remember what I did yesterday, never mind pick a starting 11.
    Can we assume everyone is fit and injury free?!! I can’t see how the EPL could legally justify relegating the current 3 sides with so many games left. The season can only be deemed void.

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    Bum Bum May 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm .

    Reports today saying early June…

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      Hitchens60 May 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm .

      Don’t believe it Bum Bum. If you look at other sports in the UK, nothing before July at the earliest.

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    Bill Pearson May 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm .

    Quite right…..
    Bournemouth have confirmed one of their players tested positive for coronavirus in the Premier League’s second round of testing.

    The club have not named the player, who will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again.

    The Premier League revealed the results of a second batch of tests on Saturday, with a total of two people from two separate clubs testing positive. Six positive tests were returned from the first phase of testing.

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    fastjet81 May 27, 2020 at 1:43 pm .

    Anyone else feeling slightly uneasy whatever the outcome of staying up or relegation. I can’t help thinking reading about stories of other teams potential transfer targets that we’ll again be ill prepared. Same thing happened last year having to wait to the play-off final. I know when the likes of Dean and the board address the media they said they had lists of players if we remained in the Championship or were promoted, but it bugs me that we are always playing catch up. Prospective signings will be snapped up by teams that know what league they’ll be playing in. Meaning we’ll be left with, in most cases, not the first choice targets. Add to this the layer of uncertainty with Jack and the merry-go-round that this will bring. Either way I’m bracing myself for a stuttering start to the next season irrespective of the Covid pandemic.

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    Bill Pearson May 28, 2020 at 8:07 am .

    Dean Smith father past away, rest in piece Ron Smith, Sad news…

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