Luton Town boss Graeme Jones has said his side are ‘ready for whatever comes their way’ after all football was postponed until April 4th this week.
Due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus, all football in England has been postponed until at least April 4th. Jones’ Luton side currently sit 23rd in the Championship after some resurgent form – they’ve lost just one of their last six.
Speaking to Luton Today, Jones assured fans that his side are preparing to play their scheduled game against Reading at the start of April, and that they’re ready for any eventuality:
“My opinion will count for nothing, as it’s with the governing bodies, it’s with people in more powerful positions than the one I hold. The the rest of the EFL and the Premier League, they’ll make decisions.
“We’re ready for both scenarios, in terms of if, for example, we have to play behind closed doors, we’re ready to fight our corner and stay in this Championship at all costs.”
It’s the first time in England that top-flight football has been postponed since WW2 and many are weary of what might come of the domestic season.
There’s been calls for it to be made ‘null and void’, whilst the majority seem to think that the season must finish, even at the expense of next season.
“I’m a football manager looking after my players for any kind of scenario that comes our way, including the virus,” continued Jones. “Making their immune system, through nutrition and through training, as strong as they can be.
“At this minute in time, we’re ready for whatever comes our way and if we have to play, we’re ready to play, that’s all we can do, prepare that way.”
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Luton looked all but relegated after Christmas, but they along with their relegation-threatened rivals have all been picking up points of late, and it’s dragged a lot of teams into the relegation battle.
Jones’ side have picked up wins against Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough and Brentford in recent weeks to give themselves a fighting chance of staying in the Championship, and they’ve nine more games to go.
These are difficult times for everyone, but football seems to be at the fore of the whole pandemic. It looks as though the season will finish in some way or another, probably behind closed doors.
If that’s the case then Luton will have a huge task on their hands in bridging a six-point gap to safety, and ensuring their Championship status for next season.