Football like every activity has been hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the second wave of the virus, the English Premier League is considering a two-week break.
Premier League management considers a two-week football break due to COVID-19
Although there are some forms of lockdown in the UK, football activities across all English tiers have continued. However, the second wave of the virus with its multiple variants has hugely affected football players and managers. The teams are mandated to always have a test before any game, however, this week has seen about 19 players and officials testing positive for the virus.
This is the highest ever, since November, where about 16 players were diagnosed. Recently, the Manchester city game versus Everton was canceled when Kyle Walker, amongst others was diagnosed. This new development has made the Premier League authorities consider giving all teams a break, in order to avoid unnecessary contact and break the chain. What this implies is that all tiers of football in England will resume on January 15.
What managers think about the proposed COVID-19 break
This proposition has received mixed feelings from managers across the elite division. West Brom manager Sam Allardyce whose team got spanked 5-0 by high-flying Leeds United on Tuesday says that it is a welcome idea.
In his words “ I am concerned like everyone else, and I think this break will be the best in these situations. I am 66, and part of the vulnerable, therefore if there are any measures to reduce these high cases, it is welcome.”
However, Manchester United boss Ole Solsgier said he doesn’t think there will be any benefit from this circuit breaker. According to him, all Manchester United players keep to the protocols.
Another Premier League boos, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said neither himself nor the club management wants games delayed. Sheffield has seen some of its players testing positive for the virus, although due to rules.