The Championship will return in under two weeks after the English Football League confirmed the season will restart on June 20.
The news has received mixed responses from each of the 24 second-tier outfits, who all have nine matches left to play.
Whilst some have welcomed a return to action, others feel the 20th is too soon to prepare for competitive football.
Here is a comprehensive list of what each club, manager or board member, has said about the June 20 restart date.
West Brom – Luke Dowling (technical director)
He said: “Whatever date you came up with would not please everyone; someone would be unhappy about it or point out faults.
“I think that applies to so much in this situation. Because of the number of games and also the play-offs at the end, the restart wasn’t going to be much later than June 20 with July 31 being the shut-off point.
“But I don’t think it bothers us too much and I think the boys are all quite excited by it.
“Looking at the players this week, I think they wouldn’t mind starting on Saturday which is testament to how they have applied themselves at home and at the training ground.”
Fulham – Scott Parker
“Is there going to be injuries? Sure there will be,” the ex-England midfielder told talkSPORT.
“Because you’re putting your body under some immense pressure and some immense training and games coming up.
“I don’t think we can deny and we can’t hide from the fact that there is going to be issues, there is going to be problems. There’s going to be many things.
“My players need to understand and us as a football club need to understand that when we do kick off we need to be in the best place we can possibly be and I’m sure we will be.”
Brentford – Thomas Frank
“I think, first and foremost, we need to think about the bigger picture for society,” he explained.
“We know football is the more important of non-important stuff in the world. Can we play the games, is it safe? I definitely think we should do that. If not, then we need to take the most sensible situation and just deal with it.
“Sometimes in life, it can be a little unfair, you need to move on and go again. But I’d definitely prefer to play the games, we’re in a good place and we can’t wait to go out and try to compete again.”
Preston North End – Peter Risdale (Owner advisor)
“We have been working towards June 20 for a while now, we have made no secret of that.
“When the players started training last Monday, we knew they had about four weeks to get ready.
“Some people do seem to have been surprised by this but they have been in the same meetings as I have.
“I think the surprise was the announcement being made on Sunday night with just a few minutes’ notice to the Championship clubs.
“We are happy to start on June 20 and it gives everyone a date to focus on. As a club we are thinking positively about this.
“Our attitude is if that’s what we have to do, let’s do it.”
Bristol City – Lee Johnson
“We can’t wait to start playing again. The lads were buzzing to get back to Failand and to now see the light at the end of the tunnel with a start date for matches is a massive boost.
“I know a lot of tremendous work has gone on to get us to this point and I’d like to thank Mark Ashton and all involved.
“What we can do as a playing group is ensure that we are in the best possible shape, tactically, technically and mentally for when that Blackburn game comes along and I can assure our supporters that we will be.”
Swansea City – Steve Cooper
“Whatever plan was put in place, I think there would be pros and cons to it. The obvious argument for the 20th, is it enough time to prepare, are we playing too many matches in too fewer days?
“If we went later, we’d be talking about affecting the start of next season, past the end of July which would add further problems with contracts and loans.
“Whatever the EFL produced, there would be obvious pros and cons. Our view is, this is what it is, don’t let it be a barrier and go for it.”
Queens Park Rangers – Mark Warburton
“To get caught blind-sided last night, 40 minutes before the public are told, is just inappropriate.
“We are all for finishing the campaign, but give us the time to prepare the players to avoid the injury risk. We have to make sure we avoid the medical chaos in the injury room.
“Now suddenly last night, without any consultation, we get told that we are starting in less than three weeks which I just find to be ludicrous.”
Sheffield Wednesday – Garry Monk
“In my opinion, from a welfare point of view and from what we’ve believed all the way through in what we were doing – we’ve always believed we were working a week behind the Premier League – so I think that should happen.
“Whether we have a say in that remains to be seen. You’d like to think it would happen.
“All I can do is control what I can control and, now that it’s been announced, we have to try to prepare the players as best we can to start on 20 June.
“I understand the reasons why the EFL want to start on that day, but I think it is unfair on us, in terms of the Premier League are starting on that day.
“They’ve had longer in contact training, a longer period in training than we have. Of course, we would like the same and that’s always been the consensus. Hopefully, common sense prevails.”
Middlesbrough – Jonathan Woodgate
“That’s the news we’ve been waiting for,” said Woodgate. “As a club we’ve made no secret of the fact that we wanted to restart the season when it is deemed safe enough to do so.
“We’ve followed the guidance of the authorities all along, and will continue to do so.
“It isn’t a lot of time, but the players worked to their own programmes during lockdown, and came back here last week.
“We’d had June 20 in mind as a possible to return and were already working towards that date.
“We had a good week last week and we’ll step things up this week, and keep moving forwards now.”
Luton Town – Sonny Bradley (defender)
“I think at this club we’ll be ready if that’s the 20th June confirmed. We’ll be ready and if we have to play nine games in five weeks, I don’t see that being a problem.
“Championship sides these days have large squads. A lot of Championship squads have 30-plus pros available, so it might be a case of having to use more players.
“Some players might not be able to play. If it’s six games in three weeks, or whatever, it may be that some players might not be able to play that, but I think Championship clubs have enough resources and players available to get through this difficult period.
“Certainly, speaking to this group of boys, when it comes to fielding a squad for the next nine games, I can’t see it being a problem.”
Stoke City are in a cluster of clubs who have told the EFL that a June 20 re-start is too soon, StokeonTrentLive understands.
Lee Bowyer – Charlton Athletic
“It does seem a bit rushed. We would prefer maybe an extra week or two.
“We started training a week later than the Premier League but we seem to be starting at the same time.
“We would prefer a little bit more time to try and get the players up to real speed, but it is what it is. We’ll try our best and get ourselves ready the best we can.”
Danny Cowley – Huddersfield Town
“It is a huge challenge physically and we are working hard with the players to make them robust, to cope with that.
“We have looked at the Bundesliga too about how many injuries they have picked up. That is the nature of playing so many games in such a short space of time. We are trying to learn from them.
“So it’s really important we get the whole group in a really good physical condition so they can all contribute and prepare the players psychologically for how the games will feel without supporters.”
Gerhard Struber – Barnsley
“When we get a bit more time, of course it is better for me and my whole team.
“But right now, they told us that we begin on the 20th of June and it is a fact. We have two-and-a-half weeks and I will give my best to prepare my boys.
“We will not lose energy with other topics and we need a high spirit every time we come together in training.”