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Premier League Chief Reveals Stringent Plans For This Season’s Return



Earlier today, the Premier League confirmed that players would return to training tomorrow to kick off phase 1 of Project Restart.

Phase 1 will involve players training while adhering to social distancing guidelines. So there will be four to five players to a pitch training for a maximum of 75 minutes.

The length of this initial phase is dependent on its success. The league is fully committed to getting these first steps implemented before moving on to phase 2, which will involve group training.


Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has spoken out after today’s meeting in which the league unanimously approved to push forward with phase 1. The Mirror has published some of his comments.

This is what Masters had to say about the return to training, and what to expect over the next few weeks:

“Today we haven’t talked to the players or even that clubs yet about return to contact training, in terms of the fine details of protocols. We’re anticipating we can do that in the next week to 10 days.

“Before any decisions are made exactly the same as this stage’s decision, we will have very similar meetings with players and managers to explain to them how contact training would work and so they can raise their concerns and questions and we can answer any medical concerns they might have.

“It’s exactly the same process repeated we have done for this stage of the protocols, we’ll repeat that for stage two.”

The league is rigidly adhering to this process of returning in phases. Each phase will be rigorously examined before even discussing details of the next phase.

That is why this initial phase is so crucial to reaching the stage where the season can be restarted.

Despite calls from managers to have this min-preseason resemble a full six week one, Masters has not ruled out the tentative start date of June 12th.

However, that depends on how many setbacks are encountered during each phase. Masters had this to say about the restart of this season:

“We have been focused on this staging post, it’s not a firm commitment, for June 12.

“What we are able to do today is basically to move forward on small group training.

“Next week, we are going to be discussing full contact training protocols for that.

“Once you know when you can start full contact training and we have had a proper discussion with clubs about how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing, we are then in a position to be able to confirm when the season start is.

“So we haven’t changed the start date, we have to be flexible about it. What we don’t want to do is continually move that start date. So we haven’t changed it, we need to be flexible and acknowledge we are in a step by step process.”

Masters has been an outstanding communicator since the league started planning this season’s return. He’s been open and honest about what to expect.

The league has also implemented this initial phase in as safe a way as possible. That should leave them in good stead to slowly ramp up to group training.

If all goes well, we could see the return of this season sometime next month.


23 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 18, 2020 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    The German Bundesliga attracted strong audiences in key global markets upon its return on Saturday, May 16, despite matches being played behind closed doors.

    The PL will have seen this and thought we’ll have some of that

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  • Dondatta13

    May 18, 2020 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Can he pull his finger out and rubber stamp oue sale? ta…

    3
  • hibbit

    May 18, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    On Saturday 23 May 2020, Mike Ashley will have owned Newcastle United for exactly 13 years.

    2
  • ctommo

    May 18, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s hope he doesn’t make it til then Hibbit. ?

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  • hibbit

    May 18, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #5

    unlucky for some !!!!

    5
  • The mighty wyn

    May 18, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    GT
    Number is 020 3451 2868 then take option 1 then option 5. Was on hold ages the first time but got thru last Friday in about 10 minutes. Staff were pleasant but bottom line is they’re just putting forms in. Good luck

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  • Jib

    May 18, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Wrong
    He didn’t acquire the requisite excess of 75% until June 15th

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  • hibbit

    May 18, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    that make you feel good jib LOL

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  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #9

    TMW …

    you said that cruise was on the 30th of may , as i said ours was the 19th april i phoned up a couple of days after and they said it will take a month to sort the back log out and we are still waiting, so to me it looks like there gonna make you wait till after the 30th mate …

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  • jane

    May 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #10
  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    TMW …

    cheers mate i hope you get your money ASAP let me know what happens …

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  • naptoon

    May 18, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Shelvey should be OK for restart … Never within 2 metres of opposition.

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  • The mighty wyn

    May 18, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #13

    GT
    Maybe but they cancelled so no legal right to keep the money which they’ve had since last August. Have taken advice, plus I was told by them it would be refunded within 7 working days. Also maybe helps that I have 2 sons who are both solicitors and they love an argument

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  • Munster Mag

    May 18, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda, I have been able to look at the blog much today but saw your normal nasty personal attacks. You’re the very hypocrite who berates others for doing the same.

    I don’t mind you get personally nasty, water off a ducks back.

    In the meantime, you, and a couple of others, seem to think I think Bruce is brilliant or great etc.

    I’m still waiting for your evidence of that.

    Because without that I think we can conclude that you are talking out your arse, again.

    5
  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #15

    TMW …

    yep they have no legal right to keep our money , how many people are waiting for refunds ? how much interest are they making off peoples money , millions ….

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  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #17

    TMW …

    i might need some help our your lads 😀

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  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #18

    its starting again i’m off …

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  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #19

    off your lads*

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  • Pat On The Heed

    May 18, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #20

    I wouldn’t take Rotonda seriously Munster – I swear he wakes up swinging.

    Just finished Striker – Bruce’s first novel. We ain’t talking crime and punishment but not a bad read…

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 18, 2020 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Im guessing the plan includes:

    Liverpool must be given 1 penalty per game
    Man Us games go on until they are leading
    Newcsatle cannot be taken over until pigs fly

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  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #22

    bus…

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 18, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #23

    for those of you after refunds suggest you try resolver.co.uk – its backed by MoneySavingExpert and tends to get a response .

    hope it helpps

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