Recently appointed West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has called for the Premier League to halt in order to get COVID-19 cases under control — but it isn’t a surprise that people are in disagreement with the former England boss.
After Man City’s Monday night match versus Everton was postponed for reasons related to the coronavirus, questions have been raised about England’s top tier reaching breaking point.
I wouldn’t got that far — just yet — but cases rising to an all-time high in the top flight is not a good sign.
As reported by Sky Sports, Big Sam is “very concerned” and has called on the authorities to suspend the Premier League for a sustained period.
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do is catch Covid,” said Allardyce. “I’m very concerned for myself and football in general.”
So why take the West Brom job in mid December?
Everyone at The Hawthorns would take a chance at restarting the entire season if they could.
However, two Manchester United legends do not agree.
Including manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who says, as per Simon Stone of BBC Sport: “Our players have been really good following the protocols. That is part of the job. I can’t see the benefit having a circuit break. When are we going to play the games?”
The schedule is already compact and extra dates can’t be added to the calendar. We would need a 13-month year to fit it all in.
Gary Neville doesn’t want to see the Premier League season postponed either.
He tweeted: “Football has proven through the last 6 months it can operate safely. It was right to be cautious and concerned through the first lockdown when the virus was new and unknown. It shouldn’t stop now in my opinion. This virus isn’t going anywhere in 2-4 weeks!!”
Football has proven through the last 6 months it can operate safely. It was right to be cautious and concerned through the first lockdown when the virus was new and unknown. It shouldn’t stop now in my opinion . This virus isn’t going anywhere in 2-4 weeks!! https://t.co/7hG9WtnvWP
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) December 30, 2020
What steps do you think the Premier League should make in the coming weeks?