Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has recommended five measures to help football cope following the impact from the ongoing global pandemic which can all lead to the conclusion of the current 2019/20 campaign.
It comes as a timely boost to Liverpool, who are desperate not to see the club’s elusive first title in 30 years slip from their grasp with Jurgen Klopp’s team currently commanding a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Sky Sports pundit has previously touted the idea of the season being voided which caused an uproar from the Liverpool fan base as well as colleague and former Red Jamie Carragher.
Neville did recently set the record straight after he urged the authorities to finish the current season if possible to preserve the league’s integrity.
-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
“Condense next season if needed.
“Extend player contracts to complete 19/20
“Financial packages for clubs in need inc non-league.”
The current plan is for the Premier League to return to action on the scheduled date of April 30 although this proposed time-frame can still be extended.
All 20 PL clubs have been informed that matches may have to be completed behind closed doors if absolutely necessary.
UEFA have already moved this summer’s European Championships to 2021 which will provide domestic leagues with appropriate time to finish their respective campaigns.
United also in agreement
Neville’s former club United were also in agreement that the season should be completed.
Ole Gunner Solsjkaer’s team are currently battling for a Champions League position and are currently placed in fifth – just three points behind Chelsea.
Also, Manchester City’s Champions League status is still undecided so the Red Devils will be desperate to complete the season and hope their efforts are enough to merit a return to Europe’s biggest cup competition.
In a club statement to supporters on the subject of season tickets, they said: “The club fully supports the collective intent to complete the Premier League, FA Cup and the UEFA club competitions.”