The Premier League has announced the start and end dates for the 2020-21 season. As expected, the first round of fixtures will begin on September 12th.
While the league will get underway around a month later than the usual start date, it will only be extended a couple of weeks into May.
Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/21 #PL season on 12 September
The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 24, 2020
These dates are in line with what’s been expected from journalists as well as managers. Steve Bruce mentioned September 12th in his press conference this morning when asked about the logistics for preseason this summer.
“It’s not official, but everyone is talking about the 12th of September for the restart.
“We’ll have a break for three weeks, which is vitally important. Then we have a three-week program which is similar to what we’ve just had.
“The longer you’re in the Premier League, the bigger and better you become; we’ve comfortably stayed up this year.
“We can’t just be happy with that.
“We’ve got to try and keep moving the club forward and add that little bit of quality which improves you.”
So this announcement means Newcastle can keep with the plans of giving the squad three weeks off and having another three weeks to prepare for the opening fixture.