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Premier League Releases Statement On Expiring Contracts

The Premier League is continuing to push forward with their plans to get this season resumed. As of right now, players are expected to return to training by Monday with a tentative plan to restart the season in early June.

There seems to have been a lot of progress made to make Project Restart a reality during the Premier League’s last meeting on Monday. EPL chief Richard Masters made the following comments recently about setting building blocks to get the season underway:

“I think really the talk at the moment should be about the tentative steps we are taking now that the announcements have been made about getting back to training and only once players have been consulted.

“It’s about the building blocks… we have talked about four weeks of training but haven’t agreed yet as we haven’t agreed to go back to training yet.

“I think I’ve said there was a lot of discussion about players and how important they are and that clubs are determined as part of the consultation process that their concerns and questions are heard. They will be later this week.

“We’re really just talking about return to training protocols. In isolation, it’s a big decision. But whenever professional athletes go back to training, the opportunity arises for them to train in different ways. But the players have to be consulted properly. The first meetings will take place this week.”

Some players are reportedly reluctant to return next week. The clubs and league will have to decide how to best handle this situation as there will be some players who will not take the risk.

We would expect each player who opts not to return will be handled on a case by case basis.

While next Monday’s return to training is looking more and more like a reality, the start of the season is still up in the air. Masters wouldn’t commit to the tentative June 12th restart date.

This was his response when asked about when the matches might take place:

“I really wouldn’t want to make a prediction now. Clearly, we have plans but they’re all flexible. I think before you’ve even decided to go back to training that it isn’t right to start to talk about when we think we’re going to get back to playing.

“There are many steps to be taken, many hurdles to get over before we get to that point. And of course, part of the government’s announcement [on Sunday] was about the direction of travel of Covid itself might frustrate those plans.”

It looks like June 12th is the earliest possible restart date, which would give the players over 3 weeks of training to get as fit as possible.

However, with the majority of teams having 9 games left to play, the issue of expiring contracts will come into play. Most contracts run until June 30th, and the season will not get completed by then.

The Premier League have issued the following statement about expiring contracts:

“At Monday’s Shareholders’ meeting, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to be allowed to enter into short-term contract extensions with players whose deals are due to expire on 30 June of this year.

“As the UK government indicated on Monday its willingness for live sport to return behind closed doors from June 1, the Premier League is exploring paths to resuming the 2019/20 season after this date.

“Clubs were concerned over expiring player contracts and registration issues posed by the potential of the 2019/20 season extending beyond 30 June.

“So, it was agreed by all shareholders that clubs and players can mutually agree to extend their contracts beyond 30 June until the end of the season.”

This is an area where each club will have to work with their players on expiring deals individually to extend their contracts. Newcastle have Andy Carroll, Javier Manquillo, Matty Longstaff, and Rob Elliot in the 25-man squad whose contracts run out on June 30th.

151 comments so far

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 14, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Yep here’s the bus as expected. Typical. Of course I daren’t repost my epic because someone…cough cough…will jump all over me about reposts…


  • hibbit

    May 14, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    chin up boys and girls chin up 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 14, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Hitman@43.previous.. ..it’s lazy clickbait bollocks as usual

  • Jib

    May 14, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5


    so that ” article off Forbes” is leftie’s spouting off ? …
    Forbes is an American business magazine. Published bi-weekly in New York , it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics this September it will be 103 years old

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 14, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry it was Unused Substitute@43 previous… my bored brain is turning into swamp matter

  • geordietom

    May 14, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    jib …

    if they are yanks what are they getting involved for , starting to dee me heed in all these people jumping on us now …

  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol Tsunki, very good indeed.

    Even predicted the bus!


  • Ron Knee

    May 14, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9


    “…United have aimed to fill the void by showing classic matches from the archives on the club’s official YouTube channel, with the famous 5-0 win against Manchester United from 1996 and the thrilling 4-4 draw with Arsenal from 2011 being watched by hundreds of thousands of supporters from all over the world.

    “And, at 3pm on Saturday, fans can relive another memorable game – the day Sir Bobby’s homecoming was marked in sensational style.”

  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    hibbit #2, have you heard something??????

  • Jib

    May 14, 2020 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    I think even if the outcry against Saudi involvement proves too much for the lily livered bumblers at the FA/EPL Ashley is in such a parlous position that he will concoct some kind of sale/deal involving PCP and the Reubens on their own.

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 14, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Besiktas have confirmed 8 team members to have covid19…. this is never going away anytime soon

  • hibbit

    May 14, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    tom its not new its the same martyn ziegler story being rehashed every half hour as clickbait,
    it has no more substance to it this time than it did the first time it was posted hours ago,

  • WLtoon

    May 14, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Was at the 8-0 thrashing of Sheff Wed, i sure Shearer scored 5. What a super home debut for Sir Bobby

  • geordietom

    May 14, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Hibbit …

    I thought as much mate , as i’ve said a million times i’m confident about and staying confident …

  • geordietom

    May 14, 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    about it *

  • the Northumbrian

    May 14, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    If all the 20 teams in prem are shareholders doesn’t that give them a say and a vote on the takeover?.
    Also does relegation from the league make them lose they’re share?

  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 14, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Hibbit’s cryptic chin up comments have my Positivity gland going into overload!!



  • cleveleysbob

    May 14, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib, I did some checking, and Forbes is majority owned by a Chinese investment consortium, this same consortium also own several airlines/airports/hotel chains including Raddison/NH and a big chunk of Hilton Group. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link to Qatar, although they do have some links with UAE.

  • big bob

    May 14, 2020 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #20

    How come it’s the Saudi royal family fault about piracy issue ??
    Most football matches are streamed illegally now I bet millions watch football in UK illegally does this mean this is the queen’s issue
    How can it be not proven in court of law but then used in this process just seems like everytime someone complains it gets investigated
    Glazers didn’t have this much bother when bought man u with no money
    Abramovich involved russian mafia
    Mansour part owner arabsat that was part of piracy
    They all just want to stop us getting good!!

  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 14, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #21

    “the lily livered bumblers at the FA/EPL” ha ha exactly far too much credit given to this lot to micro manage every nuance of an owner’s / directors application – they’ll just get the companies house data, research any known foreign jiggery pokery, Cross reference any perceived vested interests elsewhere in the same competition, rule out betting fraud, ask for their last statement and bish bash bosh – therell be no parliamentary representations, pressure from MP’s, fiancée’s or whingey jealous clubs (that would only make this lot dig in for a yes anyway imho) and it’s done. I don’t believe for a minute they are up to doing any serious ethical mining.

  • cleveleysbob

    May 14, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Big Bob, the main difference is that the Saudi Royal Family are the government, whereas ours are only constitutional, with Parliament having the power here. So if there is a major piracy problem in SA, the the government (the royals) can be held to account.

    However, I agree that piracy is everywhere, and it’s bloody difficult to stop. It’s illegal in U.K., but PL hasn’t been able to stop it here have they, just ask the guys on here any match day!!!

  • WLtoon

    May 14, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye, cant beat a bit of Hesgoal on a Saturday lol

  • cleveleysbob

    May 14, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #24

    The internet virtually makes stopping piracy impossible, with Iptv, access is so much easier and you don’t need to invest in any “dodgy”boxes to be able to watch. Having said that, I’m a bit of a techno luddite, so you would need to get info from someone cleverer than me.

  • DubaiMicky

    May 14, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #25

    “Anyone got any streams”? LOL

  • Ashingtoon62

    May 14, 2020 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #26

    So hitman how long,would your perceived, bish bash boshing take?

  • cleveleysbob

    May 14, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Still confident, just don’t know when??

  • lesh

    May 14, 2020 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #28



    Well posted – whether it’ll convince the three word soundbite brigade that Forbes is a well respected publication is to be seen.

    The link, below reviews business publications – maybe Forbes’ critics might notice who’s sitting at six.


  • cleveleysbob

    May 14, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #29

    How long is a bish bash bosh?

    Scientists have been asking that question for centuries. It’s along the same lines as how long is a piece of string?

    You could have a big bish bash bosh, which I’m glad I’m typing as I bloody couldn’t say it. Or perhaps the more familiar little bish bash bosh, known to many as “that’s me then”.

    The question could take us as long to discuss as the bloody PL are taking to approve our deal!!!

  • cleveleysbob

    May 14, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Lesh, I’m sorry but coming 6th out of 7 is no great recommendation:)


    May 14, 2020 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I wish the 4cking deal would be announced…at least then we can take all the media head.

    This is getting ridiculous now.

    One part of me is saying this is all just click bait as they know we’re so desperate for it to go through.

    The other part which makes more even more angry is it’s a campaign by media who support the so called big 6 and they’re trying to stop another team muscling in.

    I’ve not heard a single word about any of these allegations before re piracy of PL games in SA until this deal kicked off.

    Why did it have to be put in the media…why couldn’t it have just been announced.

  • RobLeenio

    May 14, 2020 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    So apparently according to new research 1 in 400 people in the UK have CV19. If there are 300 people required per football match behind closed doors, then ten matches will require 3,000 people to attend, with around 8 of those being carriers of the coronavirus.

    If each of those 8 pass it to 2 others who then go home via a McDonald’s drive through and Morrison’s and give it to their families, that’s the beginning of another spike, surely?

    I’m not convinced, I have to be honest.

  • Toonces

    May 14, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    If players can have contracts extended after June 30th and it might also mean the transfer window is open July 1st… What would happen is players declined to extend? Could it mean clubs can add and register new players that might play July 1st onward and they could play in the remaining matches of the 2019-20 season? Could they add free agent players to fill out their rosters?

  • Ron Knee

    May 14, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Dan Bloom@danbloom1

    Coronavirus local lockdown fears as north east ‘R’ infection rate is double London’s


    *Photo contains bridges.

  • Our Toon

    May 14, 2020 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Fasten up, southern MPs now asking for deal to be blocked. This is just a joke, complete farce and amazing that it takes a potential takeover to bring this stuff to light.

    If the deal does fall through I hope the Saudi’s break all agreements with UK government, in a time where the economy is literally on its backside you’d think the tories would welcome inward investment from Saudi’s

  • carltoon

    May 14, 2020 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #36

    I will be watching the game Saturday, as the original game I was held up outside the ground, and got in a little late. Left the match thinking we had scored seven goals. What a great surprise watching match of the day to find out it was eight. 🙂


    May 14, 2020 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #37

    MPs trying to block the deal is absolute garbage.

    The goverment would take them to task fir potentially jeopardizing a lucrative relationship with SA……no way they’re going to allow that to happen.

    Just announce the deal so we can relax….then I think we should use all our own social media channels to discredit everyone of these reporters mps that have tried to sour this deal

  • Pain in the Blog

    May 14, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #38

    One possible explanation for the delay that has not so far been considered could be that the PremierLeague is so pi$$ed off with Ashley for the way he has treated NUFC fans (who are PL customers) over 13 years that they are withholding his money in the hope that a delay will damage his business interests even further.

    No? Me neither.

  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 14, 2020 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #39


    A picture says 1000 words!

    This deal is DEFINITELY going through.

    Be strong men! We’re nearly there.


  • Hal

    May 14, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #40

    If the Tory MP’s aren’t careful they’ll knack their own parties attempts to “aid” Vision 2030, which I have no doubt includes lucrative deals with SA. Also alienating the largest country in the ME at a time we have left the EU and are looking at trade deals of our own. Not the best idea in the world. BJ better get his house told or they might kill more than just this deal for a football team.


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