Port Vale’s Tom Pope – EFL ‘plans’ are guesswork until it’s safe to play again



Part Two of Tom Pope’s column………………

We don’t know when professional football can start again so a lot of the EFL’s plans that were released last week were just guesswork really. It’s ok to name May 16 as the earliest possible date to start training, and say the league would still like to finish the season in the summer months, but of course we are all waiting to see what happens with coronavirus.

The government and the nation are all busy tackling that and so understandably football has to take a back seat and wait until we are told it is safe to play again.

Whenever football does restart then I don’t think we’ll need a full pre-season because players are keeping fit. Going out for a run is pretty much all you can do at the moment but players will be doing that to make sure they are as ready as possible when we can re-start.

So, whenever we get a date to come back to training, I would imagine it will be concentrating more on ball work.

But whenever football does get underway, I would like us to finish this season, even if that means putting the 2020/21 season right back.

If that means having to make more space in the football calendar then I would cancel the European Championships completely rather than hold them in the summer of 2021.

I am sure football fans would sooner help their clubs and their domestic seasons than have that tournament next year.

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