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28 May 2020 15:51:56
Premier league returns 17th June (BBC)


1.) 28 May 2020 17:38:33
Must have been quite a productive meeting.

2.) 28 May 2020 18:10:43
Have to be honest, I don't really care, ill watch the games united are involved in but with no fans its not something ill be rushing to watch anyone else for.

3.) 28 May 2020 18:21:39
Can't help but think that this is going to be a mistake.

4.) 28 May 2020 18:34:25
It must have been. I assume the teams who were against a resumption have had their issues and fears allayed and are now happy to continue. It will be strange for many reasons. Ed002 Are the games being played at neutral venues? Or has that not been sorted yet?

{Ed002's Note - The deal on the table is that not all games will be played at home and it will be a mix of home venues and neutral venues to address police and reduce concerns raised by three cities. You can assume that derbies, crucial matches and home matches for clubs whose fans cannot be trusted will likely be played at neutral venues.}

5.) 28 May 2020 19:15:08
Thanks ed002. Obviously a restart will depend on us continuing to improve the r rate etc. If things slip then we will be back to square 1 again. Let's hope not for everyone's sake. Positive note on a return, all Premier league games on normal TV (la liga planning the same via app and sky) .

{Ed002's Note - It depends on several factors - and there remains a broadcast issue.}

6.) 28 May 2020 19:28:18
Thanks ed002. I can imagine sky not being too pleased with free to air games 😂.

7.) 29 May 2020 12:35:27
If it's a mix of home venues and neutral venues it all becomes a bit of a farce really doesn't it.

8.) 29 May 2020 13:05:35
Exactly, some have home advantage, others don't, the integrity of the competition to complete the season is made a mockery of really, its not the same competition we are going back to, a season to forget from existence tbh.

9.) 29 May 2020 14:29:38
I'm not sure the issue of "neutral" venues is that big a deal. With no fans every stadium will be empty. So you lose any advantage from having the majority of the crowd cheering you on, booing your opponent and putting pressure on the officials.

The only advantage left from playing at "home" is a lack of travel before the game. However, that probably only comes into play when you've had to travel from one end of the country to the other and to be honest is a marginal disadvantage to the "away" team at best.

Without fans all stadiums will effectively be neutral grounds.

10.) 29 May 2020 21:12:27
Well, you also become accustomed to your own pitch and have an advantage over away teams in that respect. So it's quite a big disadvantage really.

11.) 29 May 2020 22:02:05
I really don't think it is. The pitches have certain specifications which they have to meet, and boundaries which they have to fall between in terms of length and width. While EPL pitches have hundreds of thousands spent on them each season to maintain them.

Maybe you might feel a little more comfortable in your own dressing room, but these are international players who have all either played for multiple club's, represented their countries in stadia around the world or participated in European competitions with their club's.

All of them have been played in over a hundred different stadiums from youth football right through to their senior careers.

Having 90% or 10% of the fans in the stadium cheering you or booing you is by far the biggest difference between playing at home or away.

That is something that has been removed since fans can no longer be in the stadiums.

We have seen the change in atmosphere in the German games, while a few players plying their trade in the Bundesliga have said that games don't feel like normal home or away games.

Playing Liverpool at Anfield means being met with 50 thousand fans singing "you'll never walk alone" before kick off, those fans drawing the ball into the net at the kop end. Take those fans away and going to Anfield is no longer such a daunting task. Less nerves for the players.

Now some players need those nerves to play, while for others those nerves inhibit them being able to play their best.

We are in uncharted territory, will it be more off putting to play in a larger empty stadium than a smaller one? Will players at club's who normally play in front of massive crowds find playing in empty stadiums more off putting than those who normally play in front of much smaller crowds? Will a lack of fan pressure on match officials lead to less mistakes? Or at least fewer favourable decisions going the home teams way?

There are many aspects linked to the lack of fans that could alter the out comes of games, who owns the pitch is less important in my opinion.

{Ed001's Note - sorry but you are wrong. The main difference is the landmarks in the stadium. Players judge passes by them. The West Ham players came out publicly talking about how difficult they found it adjusting to their new stadium because of the lack of them with the stands being so far back from the pitch. Once they adjusted it gave them an edge over opponents who couldn't judge passes so easily.}

12.) 30 May 2020 08:10:04
Was it though, or was that an excuse for why they suffered poor form when they first played in their new stadium.

Did Arsenal, Man City or Spurs have the same issue when they moved into new stadiums over the past 10 years? No, just West Ham.

The difference in the main is having a disproportionate number of fans in the stadium. It's way there is a correlation between larger stadiums and the home team getting more "favourable" decisions.

Also when looking at major finals held at the home stadium of one of the finalists the results are almost split down the middle as to whether the "home" side won or lost. The difference is that in that one off game the tickets were split evenly. Further supporting the idea that it is having more fans in the stadium that provides a real advantage.

13.) 30 May 2020 11:32:11
A lot of football is played in your head a change in routine does have an effect . There will still be home advantage even with out fans.
Which is why it obviously been an issue for several teams.

{Ed001's Note - it is pointless, Shappy has decided he is right and will not listen to those who actually have to play the game. He will point out all the stats that favour his point and ignore all the evidence that proves he is wrong. Talking about major finals, as if a one-off game is relevant and is a sample size that proves a thing. Shappy until you understand statistical analysis, just drop it, because everytime you post you just prove you don't understand how to analysis the numbers. You take tiny sample sizes as relevant and ignore the larger ones, which are slightly more relevant, as they disprove your point. If you think the results in major finals are in anyway relevant to this conversation about league matches, then you just prove a lack of understanding about the game of football as well as analysing stats.}

14.) 30 May 2020 13:11:16
Actually, I read peer reviewed articles around football and have read several which demonstrate that the “home” crowd are the decisive factor in having a “home” advantage.
Nevill and Holder’s 1999 paper “Home advantage in sport” in Sports Medicine highlights exactly this point. While a recent paper by Inan released this year analysing “The Effect of Crowd support on Home-field Advantage: Evidence from European Football” published in Annals of Applied Sport Science, further supports my argument.

While an interesting read is Waquil, Horta and de Moraes 2020 paper “Home advantage and away goals rule: An analysis from Brazil Cup”. Published in Journal of Sports Analytics.

My argument isn’t based on hearsay from footballers, but on studies performed by academics.

{Ed001's Note - so academics that have never even played the sport and don't understand it. Ok you stick with that then. Still missing the point that not one of those papers has enough numbers to be relevant in statistical analysis. There is not enough games played a season in football to be able to rule out anomalies or the differences caused by team choices, tactics etc. Your studies you use are flawed and if you understood them you would see that too. You are typical of a blinkered student who thinks they are an expert because they have read a bit but not learnt enough to question what they have read. Instead you just regurgitate it wholesale with no real understanding of what it is you have read.}

15.) 30 May 2020 13:41:51
Clearly you haven't read those articles which have been published by highly regarded peer-reviewed journals. Getting work published in these journals isn't easy and if the science doesn't stand up then it doesn't get published. So the work they have done is statistically sound, otherwise it wouldn't be published.

Obviously you can always do a wider review, collect more data and improve the quality and accuracy of the outcomes.

I don't think I'm an expert, but from what I have read which is peer-reviewed in highly rated journals and is scientifically sound, it is clear that the major and key factor in home advantage is based on the crowd.

Playing the game doesn't mean you are able to understand statistics or the key factors that can determine a result. Football employs huge numbers of people working in sport analytics, most of which have never played football at even a semi-professional level. So are the clubs wrong in hiring these people? Of course not they in many cases are top people in their field.

{Ed001's Note - lots of studies in peer-reviewed journals are wrong and use false information which is later disproved. Perhaps if you knew as much as you think you do, you would understand that. Also, as usual, you fail to understand the points. Football is not appointing sports analytics and taking their data at face value, they are using it as a start point because they know that the data is inherently flawed due to the lack of numbers involved. Teams are only playing 19 league games at home in a league season, that is not enough to plot results-based data from and draw conclusions. Especially when you consider all the other variables involved, such as team selection, tactics etc.

Just ask yourself, if the home crowd is the key to all of this, why do Dortmund not dominate the Bundesliga over Bayern every season? Their home crowd is not just larger, but significantly more vocal. Why don't Turkish teams, who have the most vocal and intimidating crowds, dominate in Europe?

Oh and I never said anything about playing the game making you understand statistics. But it certainly helps you to understand what makes you as a player perform better and what factors affect your performance negatively. The point is that statistical analysis of results and goal data is not usable or relevant as there are too many other factors and not enough games played a season to draw clear and meaningful conclusions. You have no control sample to compare it with for it to be of any use scientifically.}

16.) 30 May 2020 14:39:37
Think crowd helps, but familiarity with the pitch helps more tbh. I look at my local leagues and the top sides mostly dominate at home and away not struggle but not as smooth as home, and yeh no fans there.

17.) 30 May 2020 15:27:34
I always like playing at home I felt better and more confident probably more comfortable, not all the time but most the time .
It was the same at some away grounds always played well there, because I belived i was going to .
Massive amount of sport is in the head, there is 100% home advantage even with out fans. No-one will convince me other wise to be honest.



12 Mar 2020 12:16:17
BBC via marca stating that the champions league and europa league will be suspended because of the coronavirus, announcement imminent. Scare mongering or a possibility only time will tell.


1.) 12 Mar 2020 13:00:40
Tim it's a matter of when not if now. Real possibility that national leagues will be postponed as well.

2.) 12 Mar 2020 14:00:38
3 players from a pl team have apparently displayed symptoms, I think pl will have to do the same sooner rather than later.

3.) 12 Mar 2020 22:07:22
I don't mind if they have to. Lives matter more than a game. I just hope that all parties to the game get together to agree a sensible way forward and how they will decide what happens later so that titles / promotion / relegation issues and the Euros can be played at some future point.



13 Feb 2020 13:11:59
Chelsea agree to sign ziyech in the summer, good move I think. Ed002 are they still interested in sancho also? Does his possible move to us hinge on UCL qualification? On a side note it goes to show that work can continue outside of the window if clubs actually have a plan and are organised 😉.


{Ed002's Note - Unless there is a very significant change in the financial demands Chelsea will drop interest in Sancho. Manchester United are keen but the budget may not stretch but they could return with an offer.}

1.) 13 Feb 2020 14:20:29
thanks ed002.

2.) 13 Feb 2020 16:37:22
In your deductions, where do you suggest Sancho may end up Ed?

{Ed002's Note - It is largely down to one person and his demands, what the player is open to and whether or not Dortmund are willing to work on the price. If you look at the clubs as options, the player has made it clear a return to London and joining Chelsea would be his preferred choice, but they are not going to pay for the total package as it is costed right now. Manchester City are in a similar place financially as Chelsea - and don't see anywhere close to the value in the player. Liverpool would need to let go of Salah and commit a lot more money to make it viable - I can't see that is the plan and it would be disruptive and rather stupid if they went down that road. Real Madrid and Barcelona both have high end targets that will soak up significant funds and will be ready to go immediately they join - they are likely unimpressed by the risk associated with the potential benefits. As for Manchester United, they remain in turmoil with no direction and the player wants to move elsewhere - they could throw money at the problem but it would then mean they don't have the funds left to fix the more significant issues. Dortmund may try and work the Euros and him excelling to try and leverage more from the English sides - but that would be a high-risk plan for all. Else he stays at Dortmund. There will be a further discussion with one of these sides in the coming days - so right now it remains up in the air.}

3.) 13 Feb 2020 20:36:59
Ed if you don’t mind me asking what areas would you suggest United need to address the most? I understand the costs behind a deal for Sancho- but I would say we are crying out for a right winger, a striker and another midfield player. Would you agree?

{Ed002's Note - DM, CM, CM/AM, W/F and S are needed over coming transfer windows but I suspect the club will prioritise CM/AM (e.g. a Jack Grealish), S (e.g. Dries Mertens) and a W/F (e.g. Wilfied Zaha) and then a couple of pricey youngsters (e.g. Joe Gelhardt (F) and Jude Bellingham) - but realistically if you look at the amounts of money involved in such changes it makes little sense and looking closely at value for money - and it is hard to see. Maybe the sale of Pogba will be tougher than the club realise and the could be forced down the road of listening to which players Real Madrid or Juventus could offer in a deal - although Isco could well be used, he is not what is needed now. James could be an option for the W/F - and although Bale fits that role, wages would be a huge issue. So sorting out Pogba is a priority.}

4.) 13 Feb 2020 22:40:11
I think we should stay clear of Sancho spending minimum 100 million plus wages on a 20 year old is ridiculous

We should sell pogba and fix the issues in other areas first before we make an stupid offer for a plauer that doesn't want to play in Manchester.

{Ed002's Note - How would Manchester United get him so cheaply?}

5.) 14 Feb 2020 08:05:15
Sancho is clearly a very talented player. That said I'm not fully convinced he is the right style of wide player we need.

With Rashford cutting in from the left and Bruno often preferring to push forward in the inside right channel we really don't want a wide right player who is looking to cut in. It will just compress the space in the final third and give all of our forwards less space to play in. Especially if we persist with AWB at RB, he doesn't push forward enough or offer a big enough threat when he does.

Although for me RW would be further down the order of priority, if I had to pick someone out as being the ideal candidate it would be Adama Traore. Something closer to a traditional wide player. Someone who can burst past the full back and either cross the ball or cut it back. Someone who'll stretch the pitch and make more space for Rashford, Martial and Bruno breaking from midfield.

6.) 14 Feb 2020 09:02:57
Shappy, if we go for Jack Grealish, then Bruno will most probably play further behind alongside a defensive midfielder.
Therefore, we definitely need a RW.

As you suggested, Adama Traore looks like an absolute power house this year. Wilfried Zaha is another option.

7.) 14 Feb 2020 10:40:01
Sancho may not come due to the reasons given by Ed002 which makes sense but potentially is better than Adama and Zaha, both like Sancho would not come cheap and on my views are prone to poor decisions and inconsistency. Sancho is a right footed RW, i think he would compliment Bissaka well.

8.) 14 Feb 2020 05:58:36
Ed, thanks for the breakdown above, great info as always.

You mentioned Mertens, is he now someone United are looking at? I think he'd be a sensible signing. Still a good player, 32 years old and can play across the front line. Much better than trying to sign someone like Callum Wilson.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Mertens is of interest to Manchester United but he is being pushed toward another side.}

9.) 14 Feb 2020 08:42:15
Thanks as always for all the priceless inside information Ed002, really very much appreciated.

Could I possibly ask who our primary Defensive Midfield and Central Midfield targets might be please? Will understand if you reply RTP if targets are the same from previous detailed updated you’ve kindly posted.

Also, when you say MU are in turmoil and lack direction, does that allude to indecision about a manager going forward into next season and also a lack of a Sporting Director?

Thanks again for anything you have time to provide.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Boubakary Soumare is certainly of interest Marcos Llorente may still be of interest. You can scratch Eduardo Camavinga now. A change in coach would be required to attract Denis Zakaria and without Champions League you can scratch him. (b) Jack Grealish remains a very clear target for midfield.}

10.) 14 Feb 2020 09:57:00
TrueRedDevil, I feel that with Bruno now signed we should move towards a 433 type shape. Bruno needs a little more freedom to find the space and use his intelligence to break teams down.

I would go all out for a mobile holding midfielder who can shield the back four, then look at a creative attacking midfielder such as Grealish who can create chances by carrying the ball forward.

I'd then look to line up with the new DM and Bruno every week, and switch between McTominay and the new AM depending on whether we need to be more solid in midfield or have more creative ability on the pitch.

I agree we need a RW, but I also feel that we need coverage/ challenger for Martial and I'm not convinced the defence has the right balance yet.

Whereas, I do feel Greenwood and Dalot can play a role on the right hand side. While James has also done well there this season. I'd rather play Greenwood there for a year, let him develop more then sign a RW in the summer of 2021 when we could move Martial on and Greenwood could challenge the striker we sign this summer for the starting striker spot.

However, I appreciate other see things differently. I just want to see more homegrown lads make it at the club and in Greenwood we have one who could become a world class player. So for me making space for him in the side is vital for him to become a top player.

11.) 14 Feb 2020 10:01:38
Thanks Ed, always interesting to hear your thoughts.

12.) 14 Feb 2020 11:10:28
Thank you so much for your time Ed002, very much appreciated!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

13.) 14 Feb 2020 11:51:38
Shappy, your point above about Greenwood is a good one and not signing a RW this summer might be a good option as long as Greenwood gets plenty of game time.

That's why I think Mertens is a sensible signing, he wouldn't block Greenwood for years to come but is still able to contribute for the next couple of seasons. Free transfer probably means big wages but you'd hope Pogba, Sanchez, Smalling etc will all be off the wage books so should have room for a signing like that.



28 Jan 2020 16:09:40
Barca in for fernandes, Skysports running the story now. aww well at least its not Spurs or City lol.


{Ed002's Note - Spurs rejected the chance when offered in the past few days.}

1.) 28 Jan 2020 16:31:40
As Ed has said many times, we're amateurs. I don't think I'll be renewing for next season the way we are going. Not worth the money.

2.) 28 Jan 2020 17:33:16
Phew thank god for that. Could you imagine Jose's face at that unveiling 😂🤦‍♂️. Thanks for the info Ed002, no doubt you will be glad when this window shuts 😂.



28 Jan 2020 11:24:47
froma few journos on twitter that united are close to signing Sander Berge the CM from genk. don't know if there's any truth but we shall see. Rumours are he's at Carrington for a medical.


1.) 28 Jan 2020 11:50:03
And its a false alarm. Those muppets at the MEN really have outdone themselves this time. they tweeted about it, had it on the website, the story got picked up by all the tabloids only for it NOT to be him. Utterly embarrassing for so called professional journalists, and also for the club although this was not their doing. Apparently the player in for a 'medical' is a 15yr old Reserve Goalkeeper. You couldn't make it up lol.

2.) 28 Jan 2020 11:50:31
Looks like the club may have pulled off a surprise.
A giant midfielder at 6ft 5. Not sure if he is ready to step up.

3.) 28 Jan 2020 11:50:44
It's not true just been confirmed talks that Barcelona are getting fermandes for 50 million if true this board is a joke haggling over 8 million for a player that is going to be world class and would such a difference to us absolute shambles from top to bottom .

4.) 28 Jan 2020 11:53:15
Reading them as well, although one said the United he was in talks with was Sheffield.

5.) 28 Jan 2020 11:53:50
Apparently it’s a reserve keeper who looks like Sander Berge 🤣.

6.) 28 Jan 2020 11:58:16
the express are now saying it is a case of mistaken identity
its probably Justin Beiber getting a tour of the training facilities ahead of a new pop video called 'they fell for it again'

7.) 28 Jan 2020 12:38:56
He will sign after they play benfica.




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28 May 2020 20:49:59
Busby is on demand with the new sky documentaries channel in case anyone is interested or hasn't seen it. 👍.




23 May 2020 12:04:23
Ed002 if you are free I was just wondering if uefa have made any progress on what's happening with this year's europa league and champions league campaigns. I see a number of issues arising now with the UK quarantine and also various leagues with participants, whose domestic campaigns haven't restarted or have officially ended. Do the powers that be still envisage a conclusion or are we getting near a point of no return for this season?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, the plans are unchanged but the venues (Istanbul and Gdansk) will need looking at. The plan is to complete the outstanding games first, then have the remaining ties over single legs during August. It may change.}

1.) 23 May 2020 13:34:42
Thanks so much for the response Ed002, enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend 😊.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

2.) 24 May 2020 17:14:02
This makes much more sense than the EPL.



20 May 2020 17:37:25
Looks like deeneys decision to not go back to training was the right one. 2 staff and mariappa all tested positive at Watford. Only 6 overall for the premier league, however for deeney it looks like the choice he made was a wise one, especially with a child with respiratory issues.


1.) 21 May 2020 16:09:54
He wouldn’t have to spend any time with the people who tested positive until they are negative though so not exactly.

2.) 21 May 2020 19:49:23
Better to be safe than sorry. Especially if he has a vulnerable child.

3.) 21 May 2020 22:12:45
Would you risk it? Rather lose my job than risk losing my child.

With an challenge with so little known about it or its long-term effects I can understand why people are being cautious.

No one should be forced to work in an environment they feel uncomfortable in. And asking footballers to play a contact sport when people aren't allowed within 2 metres of eachother is a little unfair to say the least.

If they are happy to do so then fine, but they should not be demonised for wanting to protect the lives and wellbeing of their loved ones.

4.) 22 May 2020 07:12:15
He has a young child with respiratory issues so whatever choice he makes is the right choice for him and his family right now.

5.) 22 May 2020 11:11:06

Agreed if that is how he feels and he can afford to not work, he's lucky to have that option so it is up to him. The positive tests mentioned in the OP don't affect that decision IMO as he will never be forced to go near anyone with the virus.

6.) 22 May 2020 13:31:40
Anybody with a vulnerable person in the household is being told not to work.



19 May 2020 16:17:45
I see troy deeney has said he will not be returning to training as he fears for the health of his family. He was on GMB the other day and said his son has respiratory issues so you have to respect his decision. There may well end up being a number of players who don't return, not because of themselves but due to the underlying health of those in their household. Fair play to deeney, he's always very honest and speaks it how he sees it.


1.) 19 May 2020 18:55:30
Scrap the league end of. Award Liverpool the title which they rightly deserve, and do as the spf has. Points per game. Might not work in our favour but bigger things at stake. And it would be terrible and unfair for the relegation zone teams but I don’t see any way that a restart can be fair for all, neither would ending the season. But the more I hear the players not wanting to resume, they’re completely within their rights. I miss football but it is what it is.

It’s easy to forget how much the newly promoted teams rely on their fans support. Coming up the leagues the fans are real and give a huge boost. Playing without fans with the ridiculous measures proposed seems strange.

002 don’t mean to sound dumb or uneducated on the ins and out of it but that’s literally all us fans are at the moment, dumb to the possibilities of the season resuming or ending. Anyway, whether I’m right wrong uninformed or speculating, we all got to agree on one thing. Health comes first.

2.) 20 May 2020 08:29:41
red its all about money or it would have been scrapped by now.

the government is just as much as a joke as all these fools going to the beaches.

give it another 2 weeks and you will see a spike in cases and deaths again.

3.) 20 May 2020 13:55:06
Hearing about the failures in testing, the mass s in care homes and the fact so many nurses (my sister is one) haven't adequate ppe. I honestly don't care and can't get excited about football. I know some can and that's great but the country is a mess and to be honest we only know the half of it.



17 May 2020 00:47:59
A very interesting program on the BBC with Dan Walker, Prince William and others talking about Mental Health. Worth a watch for sure especially as we are all going through very difficult and challenging times at the moment. Goes to show no matter who you are, we all face problems and it's good to talk and share with others.





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28 May 2020 19:28:18
Thanks ed002. I can imagine sky not being too pleased with free to air games 😂.




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28 May 2020 19:15:08
Thanks ed002. Obviously a restart will depend on us continuing to improve the r rate etc. If things slip then we will be back to square 1 again. Let's hope not for everyone's sake. Positive note on a return, all Premier league games on normal TV (la liga planning the same via app and sky) .


{Ed002's Note - It depends on several factors - and there remains a broadcast issue.}



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28 May 2020 18:34:25
It must have been. I assume the teams who were against a resumption have had their issues and fears allayed and are now happy to continue. It will be strange for many reasons. Ed002 Are the games being played at neutral venues? Or has that not been sorted yet?


{Ed002's Note - The deal on the table is that not all games will be played at home and it will be a mix of home venues and neutral venues to address police and reduce concerns raised by three cities. You can assume that derbies, crucial matches and home matches for clubs whose fans cannot be trusted will likely be played at neutral venues.}



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25 May 2020 23:49:19
Thanks Ed. Hopefully they can sort something, although time is a factor with him due to return to China next week. Think he's done well in the games he's played and I honestly think he'd be a decent signing.


{Ed002's Note - He is a very viable option.}



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25 May 2020 23:31:48
Just on that point Ed002, are the club still considering signing him permanently or have they got different targets for cf?


{Ed002's Note - Signing him is a viable, and cost effective, solution.}




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26 May 2020 17:03:56
Agree with you there Ed002.they do need to help a lot more, whether or not it happens remains to be seen.


{Ed002's Note - Not every club is in favour of it.}



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25 May 2020 16:29:48
Apologies Ed002, fair play to all of them in that case. The lower league clubs are the ones who will be worst affected by this so it's good to see the bigger clubs helping them out in any way.


{Ed002's Note - But it is not enough. They need to do much, much more.}



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25 May 2020 15:12:03
Judging by scenes over the last few days, people have judged themselves that the lockdown is over. Add to that football returning then we could see even more 'mass gatherings'. The general public appears to think the virus is over, I fear that our current actions will determine not if the virus remains but only if it gets worse.




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25 May 2020 15:07:27
Fair play to the club, hopefully a few others will follow suit and ease the burden on the lower league teams.


{Ed002's Note - At least two clubs have already done this.}



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24 May 2020 22:24:59
Would there be any sense in using this as a way to alter the next season calendar so it falls in line with the 2022 world Cup? At some point the major European leagues will have to align their fixtures to allow for a winter World Cup so why not do it starting with the 20/ 21 season.