Stoke’s response to coronavirus
The ‘Keep Off The Grass’ sign has been erected at the bet365 Stadium until further notice thanks to the coronavirus.
But has the club gone into hiding, or is there still plenty going on behind the scenes we can’t see?
Here’s a few questions and answers…
Fresh snub for Stoke defender – from Celtic manager
His season-long loan at Celtic is due to finish at the end of June and whatever chance there was of a renewal, or even a permanent deal, have been dealt a seemingly fatal blow by Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
He has been speaking about his loan players and the uncertainty surrounding their stay because of the coronavirus crisis.
But while mentioning Southampton duo Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi, who are currently on loan at Parkhead, he failed (deliberately or otherwise) to mention Bauer.
Stoke fans pick their player-of-the-year
Who would be your Stoke City player-of-the-year if the season did end now because of the coronavirus crisis?
Here’s a selection of what you have been saying…
Stoke old boy puts boot into authorities over coronavirus
Former Stoke City favourite and TV pundit Danny Higginbotham has criticised football’s top brass for dithering over the postponement of matches.
Higginbotham says they were running the risk of escalating the coronavirus crisis by not calling off games sooner because of the human contact during competitive matches.
Matches were eventually shelved on Friday and now the English game is on hold until April 3 as things stand.
“It is completely wrong that it took so long for the Premier League and EFL to be postponed – and even more shocking National League games went ahead at the weekend,” said Higginbotham.”
Club signs up to unique competition after COVID-19 suspension
With no football to play amongst England’s professional football clubs, Stoke City and a host of other football clubs are ensuring that the show will go on – by playing football.
With professional football in England suspended until April 4th – at the very least – due to the coronavirus outbreak, League Two’s Leyton Orient have laid down the gauntlet and challenged football teams to sign up to a large-scale FIFA 20 tournament.
Orient didn’t struggle to attract teams, with Stoke, Aston Villa, Derby County, Coventry City signing up amongst others.