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Shearer Makes Pragmatic But Harsh Assertion Should The Season Be Canceled

Alan Shearer, in his Sunday column in the Sun, has given his view about what to do if this Premier League season is canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

First and foremost, Alan makes it very clear that the primary concern is people’s safety and finding a way through this pandemic. Alan also says that once it is safe, the Premier League should find a way to finish the season.

However, if that becomes impossible, Alan seems to favor canceling the season without appointing any winners or losers. So it would, in essence, just be a lost season.

This is some of what Alan writes:

If, and it is a huge if, the season cannot be completed, then there is no way you can have a winner or loser.

As harsh and as horrible as that would be for some clubs, none more so than Liverpool, it is the only outcome.

If you cannot complete the fixtures, then you cannot go handing out titles or consider relegating anybody.

Shearer points to Liverpool not having wrapped up the title despite being 25 points clear at the top of the table. While it is improbable any team would be able to catch them, he asserts that anything is possible, so they should not be handed the title if the season does not resume.

Similarly, he doesn’t think any club should be relegated as most teams still have 27 points left to play for. However, Aston Villa still have a game in hand on all of the other relegation candidates and are currently in 19th place on 25 points. A win would see them jump Watford, who are in 17th.

We agree that if the season cannot resume, then no club should be relegated. However, it would be cruelly harsh on Liverpool not to consider them the champions.

But we are going through something unprecedented at the moment. So football has to take a backseat as we struggle to get through this situation. Hopefully, we can get back to normal within the next few months and the season can be salvaged.

If not, then we agree with what Alan says. We should start next season with the same clubs in the Premier League.

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23 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    See that Karen Brady was oh so quick so say that the season should be cancelled so save her bacon and keep her and West Ham in the subsidies that they think they deserve.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    We could feasibly have new cases down to zero within 4-5 weeks and then restart. Hopefully by then the summer sun will have made things better and we can play through the summer break if the euros have been moved to 2021.

    Otherwise Liverpool have to be crowned champions. Bottom teams either go down or go into a play off with championship teams.

  • coming home

    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t worry about this virus too much
    It was made in China
    It wont last long.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Fat Dave Bassett……….. Good positive prediction. More of that and the Universe might help us achieve it.

    At least we have transparency on the numbers here unlike other places that choose to make propaganda fuelled announcements that are totally inaccurate. I know this to be true as I’ve researched it myself.

  • simon376

    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Talking about the virus and waiting for warmer weather to hopefully get rid of if, I don’t know as never been, but I would have thought it’s hot right now over in China and Iran, but it’s there and been doing it’s worst. Is it not a case as seems to now be under control in China from what we are being told, that what needs to be done is the quarantine and that sort of thing?

  • hibbit

    Mar 16, 2020 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    after extensive research carried out over the course of this weekend i can confirm your research could be correct,
    however i will be publishing my own paper on my findings at 10-30 stay tuned,

  • #cans

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Abu Dhabi cases rising – it’s 28 degrees there which is pretty much as hit as it gets here in summer – not sure why people think warm weather will kill it off when so many hot countries are now seeing cases doubling every day

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron should not be “Land of soap and glory…”

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9


  • Jib

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #10


    See that Karen Brady was oh so quick so say that the season should be cancelled

    I think if you were to ask Delia Smith she would give the same response

    In 1939 when Germany invaded Poland there had only been 3 games played
    and all pro footy was cancelled – they are currently still using the word postponed
    at the moment – I wonder when that will change ?

  • #cans

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Hibbit – I look forward to your paper , I know you’ve spent minutes researching it so it’s bound to be better than the claptrap B###s and T###p are coming out with 🙂

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Just been explained on the Beeb by eminent Doc, once you’ve had it you cannot become infected again.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Its achievable Betty. South Korea are now getting better, and their statistics have followed the same exact same curve as China and other countries. Italy will follow that pattern too, albeit much slower (same as Wuhan) as they let it go too far. The key is getting to the people with mild symptoms and closing down before its out of control. Germany have identified 6000 cases with 13 deaths. We have identied 1300 with 35 deaths which is extremely high. So either we are a highly unusual anomoly or we arent being proative in getting to the bulk of people with mild symptoms.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    “Coughs and sneezes spread diseases.”

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    You might remember South Korea were worse than Italy and they were proactive in getting the confirmed cases and acted quick to lockdown. Italy didnt do any of the above and look at them now. We shouldnt be following their path. All paths lead to lockdowns, just the longer you leave it the bigger the lockdown needed to clear things up.

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16

    This virus is like pasta. Invented by the Chinese and spread throughout the world by Italians.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Hi Bertie thought that crap you got yesterday was uncalled for, cheers again for your input much appreciated by a lot on this blog.

  • hibbit

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Anglo Saxon
    Bassett didn’t get it the Chinese government he was flying the flag for got it, and the oppression they represent

    Tiananmen Square anyone !!!!!!!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Bassett, sadly I think you’re miles off. From what I’m reading the surge is due to happen in the summer. We are in real trouble over here, doing far worse than Italy was at the same stage. We have sod all ventilators in real terms. Lock down is due to happen here very soon as the government is recalling irish people abroad who want to come home, to be home by Thursday. When your wife tells you she is terrified as she had cancer in the past , kid has a chest bug which could compromise him and your elderly mum is soon going to be out of reach, life feels bloody awful. But hopefully we can get through it as a family.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #20

    However at least the gov has reacted after a slow start and closed schools etc last week and pubs now. The public want a lockdown, the sooner the better.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 16, 2020 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #21

    hibbit saw that kind of sh*t happen in so-called civilized countries UK US it goes on but there comes a point when they become humanised. Like I said yesterday if Moa Zedong had still been in power millions would have died.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 16, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Postpone Euro’s until next year. Restart the season last week in May only 9 premier league games left play 2 per week finish end of June. Play FA Cup Quarters, Semis’ and Final in July. Start next season a month later than normal. This will work for every league apart from Div 1 were there are a lot more games to play. Maybe retstart that league earlier behind closed doors.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 16, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Anglo, completely agree re the shit Bassett got. Some serious muppets on here.


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