Season has to be completed as there is "gonna be so much riding on it" insists former Football League manager

Friday, March 27th, 2020 3:44pm

Former Leeds United, Blackpool, Preston North End and Bradford manager Simon Grayson spoke to Love Sport Radio about how the current football season should end.

Currently football in England, and across most of the world, has been put on a temporary pause to due to coronavirus pandemic. 

The Premier League, English Football League and Women's football, which had been originally suspended until 4th April, will now be on hold until April 30th "at the earliest" it was recently announced. 

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In a statement on the Football Association's website the decision to extend the break in professional football in England was announced: "The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

 

"We're united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so."

The statement continued: "The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that “the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June” and “each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season”.

"However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we've collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday 30 April."

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This decision is in contrast to non-league football below the three National League divisions- National League, National League North and National League South- which it was declared yesterday has been ended immediately and results will be expunged. 

Speaking about how the football season should end, and whether the current league season will end at all, former Leeds United and Preston North End manager Simon Grayson insisted he wants to see the current campaign be completed rather than effectively cancelling the season all together.

"Well whenever they decide to finish, I'd like to think there will be a finish of this season because I think we're so far down the line now, there's so many things that have to be played for; what you do with teams in X, Y and Z position for promotion, for relegation? 

"I don't see the problem in finishing the season later on, and maybe shortening next season because nothing has even started next season. This year there's gonna be so much riding on it.

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"And I mentioned yesterday when I did a couple of interviews, if the season was not to be finished and teams stayed up or got relegated at this moment in time, you could have a lot of clubs going to certain authorities, and maybe going to court because they're going to lose a massive amount of money or losing out by not getting the promotion when they think they've got this. 

"I think we should try and really finish this season whenever it may be.

"Then maybe have a shortened pre-season because players are getting a bit of time off at this moment in time. So maybe they don't need as much time in the summer that they normally have 6, 7, 8 weeks off. 

"I think, from my perspective, I think I'd like to see that happen. And hopefully, we can see that happen."

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