I’m somewhat sceptical, and I won’t fully believe it until it comes from an official announcement, but I’ll admit that it’s a start.
According to a report from The Sun On Sunday (via Birmingham Live), there is a ‘majority view’ within EFL circles that work should be put in place so that games can start again on the 8th June. All that we know so far in terms of ‘official’ news, is that there is no intention to start the games until it is ‘safe to do so’, although with no timestamp like previous statements.
As I’ve said, this isn’t an official guideline, and it still open for fluctuation and further delays, but at the same time, I do believe that it is some level of progress.
Given that there are only nine games left to play when it comes to this Championship season, I think that this is probably the very latest that you could get games back going again without it affecting plans for the 2020/21 season too much.
Do you think the 19/20 season will get finished?
If you play games on that opening Monday, then continue on a Saturday/Tuesday schedule for the rest of the season, you can get all the games finished in time by the first week in July, allowing teams who don’t make the playoffs, such as the Blues enough time to recover and get thins in place for the next campaign.
This might require the 2020/21 season to be delayed by a week or two, but that shouldn’t really be too much difficulty. It would probably mean a few more midweek games as we try to truncate things, but I don’t think that it’s something that should be too hard to handle.
This is the new normal now, and we’ve got to make the best of what comes our way, and I think at least giving an ideal start date is a good first step to getting that done.