Former Stoke player and manager Chris Kamara says it remains imperative that the current season is concluded… one day.
He believes that is the majority opinion within the game as football remains in mothballs during the coronavirus crisis.
“Please God, the main thing most of the people I talk to, we want to finish the season,” says Kamara, “whether it goes into June, July, August, we want to finish this season, we want to make sure that everything that has been started is ended.
“Things will be different. When you look at players in certain squads who have been out injured, they’ve now got that recuperation time to get themselves fit to start again.
“So there are going to be advantages and disadvantages for all teams. But we are all going to accept that in the football world, that’s just what happens, that’s just the way it goes.
“But please God we can start as soon as possible, finish the season and then the governing bodies can start to worry about how to start the next season.”
Kamara insisted that while football and its resumption was important, it clearly pales by comparison to the wider health concerns.
“Football is secondary now, at the moment,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I love my football, I’ve been involved with football for 45 years, but I have never, ever known anything like this at all.
“I can’t believe, in such a short space of time, that people’s lives have changed completely and may never get back together again.
“It’s so surreal, it’s like something out of a movie at this moment in time.
“The NHS workers are absolutely magnificent, the jobs that they are doing. The doctors and the nurses are putting themselves and their lives on the line for us – it’s just astounding.”
Getting into the mind of footballers, he added: “Every single player will be missing training and missing their team-mates and missing the banter, of course they will, but they will also understand what’s going on in this world and will have to accept the situation as it is.
“It’s very, very difficult. If we take the coronavirus aside, week-in, week-out they train to play football, they play their football matches, the supporters go into the stadiums and support their teams, it’s a way of life and that was of life has gone so of course they are suffering.
“But, like I said, real life at this moment in time comes first.”