Recently Steve Bruce aired his concerns over not having a full preseason before resuming this campaign. Because in his words, without one, the players ‘are just going to fall down like a pack of cards.’
According to the Mirror, Bruce is not the only manager that has these concerns. They are reporting that many managers feel a full preseason is necessary since phase 1 is so limited in how the players can train.
Players will show up to the facilities and be allotted just 75 minutes of individual training. This first phase will ramp up to phase 2 rather quickly if setbacks are kept to a minimum, however.
The tentative restart date of June 12th is looking more unlikely, and now it appears to have been pushed back a week to June 19th. However, that is also going to depend on how well the first few phases of Project Restart go.
Once the games do get underway, the remaining 9 matches (10 for some clubs) will be crammed into a six week period. The matches will be played behind closed doors, but it’s looking likely that the home and away schedule will be maintained.
Playing at neutral venues was floated during meetings and that measure was backed by the government. However, all 20 clubs rejected the idea and it looks like the government will acquiesce to those wishes.
Newcastle players were tested on Sunday and we’ve not heard of anything about those results just yet. The hope is that they get approval to return to training tomorrow to kick off phase 1 of the return of this season.