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The Return Of This Season Inches Closer Despite Disagreements Over The Time Frame



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.


6 comments so far

  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Robleenio … from previous not a repost though…

    thought so mate , did you work it out ? 😀

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 18, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    That’s a good photo up there in the article Neil. I thought they were extinct. It’s good to see them in their natural habitat. Sadly they are still endangered.

    Carroll, Andy (Permacrockus geordii x.)

    Rarely spotted, infant usually black/white stripes , adolescent colouring red, then multiple colouring and usually black and white at mature stage. Emerges only occasionally, active only for brief periods during playing season, quickly retreats into hiding if confronted or startled. Easily injured.

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  • Jib

    May 18, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    The campaign continues

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/18/saudi-regime-newcastle-united-jamal-khashoggi-mohammed-bin-salman

    Interesting that no journo has put their name to this piece

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  • geordietom

    May 18, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    JIB …
    wonder why ? rehash perhaps ? …

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  • the Northumbrian

    May 18, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    i wonder how many times the project restart will be put back by a week.

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  • dee em

    May 18, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    For me there’s two things stopping the takeover now. One is the clubs committing to finishing the program in writing so the Saudis don’t face the risk of having to pay an extra 100 million to the tv companies, the other is Pochettino’s gardening leave which expires I believe tomorrow and leaves his appointment without costing any money owed to Spurs. They probably want to appoint him immediately to get a feel for all things then build upon what and who he wants in the summer.

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