Millwall manager Gary Rowett believes it’s ‘unlikely’ that football in England to restart on April 3rd.
Due to recent global events, football throughout Europe and must of the world has been postponed. The Premier League and English Football League announced this week that they’ll resume fixtures on April 3rd, but the Lions boss thinks the restart date will be pushed back some:
“It is difficult to speculate but my gut feeling is that it’s going to be difficult for us to come back and play from April 3. I think it’s going to be unlikely at the moment,” he told London News Online.
Most sporting events and large gathering have been postponed indefinitely – including Euro 2020 which has been pushed back by a year. It’s left football fans facing boredom nationwide, and football teams and players in precarious positions:
“The difficult bit for us is what do you do – let the players be off until April 2 and the suddenly you do play on April 3? There is then a huge risk of injury and not being able to perform. It’s a really difficult scenario.
“I get at the minute that there is a bigger picture than sport and football but I also get that football and sport plays a huge factor for the community and peoples’ lives. It’s also important from that aspect as well.”
The debate over ‘what to do next’ has been hogging the headlines for much of this week. Some have called for the season to be made ‘null and void’, whilst others have urged the FA to find a way to finish this season.
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“I’ve heard so many ways of potentially restarting the season, whether that is in May or behind closed doors.
“I was hearing about a tournament-style where teams are in lockdown in a hotel. I’ve not heard anything that is an ideal plan – but I don’t think we’ve got an ideal plan.”
Financially, the upcoming weeks and possibly months could be make or break for a lot of teams in the EFL.
Ticket revenues pose a large chunk of a lot of teams’ incomes and Millwall are no different – chief executive Steve Kavanagh outlined his fears for the coming weeks at the club earlier today.
If and when it’s safe to restart domestic football, then it’ll come back fairly quickly. There’ll be a lot of catching up to do to be finished in time for next season, which may end up being pushed back somewhat.
For now, there’s little that anyone can do. A lot of teams are in precarious positions regarding finances, and how to stay fit and active until the football resumes, and Rowett just has to keep preparing for an April 3rd restart.