The football season has been suspended since last Friday, and although it has been stated by the EFL that fixtures would resume in April at the earliest, the signs suggest the restart is further away than anticipated.
As a result, a huge cloud of uncertainty lingers for clubs up and down the country.
Here in today’s FLW Six Pointer, we take a look at how AFC Wimbledon will be affected in particular.
How were Wimbledon performing?
“Glyn Hodges’s side found themselves in 20th place in the league table at the time the suspension came into effect, with their most recent result being a 0-0 draw against bottom team Bolton Wanderers at Kingsmeadow on March 7.
In terms of recent form, it was not looking too positive, as the Dons’ have won just once in their last nine league games.”
How will fans feel right now?
“All in all, Wimbledon fans will be thinking many different things with regards to the current suspension of their fixtures.
“With it being the side’s last season at Kingsmeadow, there are murmurs that if the season were to be made void as of now, Wimbledon could’ve already played their last game at their current home ground ahead of their stadium move next season.”
“Of course, with Wimbledon being a fan-owned club, the loss of matchday revenue will also concern supporters hugely.”
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How will it affect players who are out of contract?
It currently remains unknown whether the season will be completed and when football will recommence, and it could result in issues.
If the season runs into the summer months like it has been suggested and players are out of contract, it remains to be seen if they will be granted a short extension, have a rolling pay-as-you-play deal, or just leave altogether.”
How is training affected?
“At the moment, it looks like the first-team squad are not reporting to the training ground, and it remains uncertain when they will return to duty.
There will be no doubt that the players will have guidelines and plans in place on what to eat and how to train on their own. However, match fitness of all players is likely to go down as a result of the lack of regular sessions on the grass.”
What other implications could there be on the club?
“One other major worry than fans may have is the effect that the government advice and guidelines will have on the ongoing construction at their new stadium at Plough Lane, which needs to be completed in time for next season.
The most recent development saw drainage being laid, as well as a pitch border being drawn up. If workers on the site are forced to quarantine, it could have bad consequences.”
How will this affect Wimbledon’s upcoming run-in?
“The Dons have to play three relegation rivals in their last nine games: Tranmere, Rochdale and Milton Keynes.
With two of those fixtures being relatively soon in the schedule and coming back-to-back, they are not the ideal games to go into after a long lay-off, with so much at stake.”