Gary Neville hits back at Piers Morgan after the TV presenter challenged his five-point plan to save the Premier League season.
The football season in England has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest and a Premier League meeting this week offered no new solution to the coronavirus pandemic which has shaken the world.
The Premier League’s latest update on Thursday offered no new timescale on the game reconvening and they admitted they face some “difficult decisions” in the coming weeks.
A statement said: “The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organisations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus.
“The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.
“The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow. Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”
The Premier League have a lot to consider and they may well take notice of Neville’s five-point proposal.
The Sky Sports pundit insists it is an inevitability that players must face a “9-10 game hit in an extremely condensed period” and that “contracts should be temporarily extended”.
Neville then broke down his points on Twitter:
- Finish this season in a short time frame when safe
- Condense next season if needed 3.
- Open transfer window from May and run it all the way through 20/21 to give clubs agility 4.
- Extend player contracts to complete 19/20
- Financial packages for clubs in need including non-league clubs
-finish this season in a short time frame when safe
-condense next season if needed
-open transfer window from May and run it all the way through 20/21 to give clubs agility
-extend player contracts to complete 19/20
-financial packages for clubs in need inc non-league
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 28, 2020
Morgan immediately challenged Neville on his plan, claiming: “None of this will work in reality. Nobody wants to see endless three-times-a-week games behind closed doors, at obvious risk of injury to players. Only solution is to void this season and start again when we can. A shame for Liverpool, Leeds etc, but that’s irrelevant given the crisis.”
Neville added: “Piers it will work and is likely to happen when and only when it is safe to do so. No one is expending energy on saving a football season. Staying home, staying safe, helping the vulnerable and NHS is the priority.
“However planning ( including football ) beyond CV is vital also for 99% of the population that require income and employment in future.”
Huge respect for you Gary (especially with what you're doing for NHS staff at your hotels) but it won't… and there's way too much energy being expended on trying to 'save the football season' when all efforts should be diverted to saving lives. Football's irrelevant. https://t.co/wH3qFEdTjc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 28, 2020
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