Former Manchester United and England right-back Gary Neville is quite outspoken, and we suppose to a successful pundit that’s what you have to be.
He forms a good partnership on Sky Sports with former Liverpool great Jamie Carragher.
And he has today said something that’s so true during this coronavirus pandemic.
The clubs are not communicating with their fans – they even seem scared to.
But this is also a new situation for everybody – this is the first time I’ve ever known anything like this and I’m an old geezer.
We had the Asian flu in 1957 that killed a million people worldwide, but it was nothing like this,
And I wasn’t around in 1918 for the Spanish Flu pandemic that claimed 50 million lives worldwide.
But non-communication during these desperate times also shows a lack of courage and leadership, and it’s something we’ve been used to these last 3 years under our woeful owner Mike Ashley.
Ashley may be a good businessman, but he’s no leader and still doesn’t understand football or how to communicate with fans – so he doesn’t bother.
We agree with Gary (shown above) when he says that a June restart for the Premier League, which is what he current plan, is not feasible for player safety concerns.
This is some of what the former Manchester United great has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“It’s depressing that the Premier League and clubs seem to be in hiding, scared to death of communicating.”
“No one wants to be responsible for this one! Just in case the unthinkable happens.”
“It would be good for them to speak at least once.”
“Any of them! Clubs included. They are bottling this virus on comms.”
“They’re very happy to tell us when they are delivering food parcels though.”
Interestingly, the clubs who are objecting to playing on neutral grounds next month, which is the plan, are the bottom six clubs in the league.
It’s because we are not one of those that Amanda Staveley has been able to go ahead with her acquisition of Newcastle.
We hope to hear this week that the Premier League has approved the takeover.
That would be some great news for Newcastle fans in these tragic times for the world.