In mid-May, the possibility of League clubs training again: EFL

LONDON: clubs outside the Premier league You cannot resume training until at least May 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the season can be completed in 56 days English football League President Rick Parry he informed them in a letter.

The 72 clubs have been kicking their heels since EFL he suspended the campaign in the Championship, League One and Two on March 13.

The 24 teams in the Championship still had nine games to play.

Some clubs in League One have 12 games remaining, while in League Two, teams have nine or 10 games remaining to complete the regular season.

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However, Parry said following a EFL board meeting on Thursday they were confident once there was a resumption the league fixtures and the promotion play-offs could be completed within two months.

The EFL Board today determined that to provide a level of certainty, clubs should not recommence any training activity with players until May 16 at the earliest, Parry wrote.

Whenever a decision is made that it is safe to resume, we currently estimate that the League will require approximately 56 days to complete the outstanding matches of the season (including playoffs).

Parry said matches are likely to be played behind closed doors due to the British government Social distancing measures.

It is our working assumption at this stage that matches will be played behind closed doors when we finally return, he said.

As part of our contingency planning, we are absolutely aware of the need to try to mitigate the cost of this for clubs to the best of our ability.

The financial consequences have been raised in severe terms by the president of FA Greg Clarke Earlier this week, he warned that unless football came together behind a plan, clubs and leagues could disappear.

Various teams have already put players and staff on temporary or temporary leave while table champion players Leeds United They have agreed to postpone their wages.

Parry's letter suggested that the delayed restart of the current season could affect the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

Looking more long-term, the EFL must remain mindful of the implications that the extension of this season may have on the commencement of the 2020-21 campaign, he said.

We will ensure that there is adequate rest between the two, so that clubs and staff have enough time to regroup and prepare accordingly.

I think there will be a sigh of relief when we get to that point.

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