Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish agrees with Gary Neville after the Manchester United legend issued his verdict on reports claiming that the 2020-21 Premier League season could be brought to a halt.
Amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases and a planned press conference to be delivered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 5pm on Wednesday, talk has been rife of a ‘circuit breaker’ postponement of the campaign for a couple of weeks.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham, planned for 6pm on Wednesday night, became the latest top flight game to be called off because of an outbreak within the Craven Cottage side.
Everton’s match against Manchester City earlier this week had also been postponed while Villa’s scheduled November match against Newcastle United has had to be rearranged.
In The Telegraph on Tuesday, it was being reported that some Premier League clubs were discussing the possibility of suspending the season because of a rise in the number of positive tests – 18 were recorded in the week between December 21 and 27.
The Mirror is reporting that there is ‘no intention of suspending the season’ despite the increase in Covid-19 cases, unlike in 2019-20 when football was postponed for three months at the start of the pandemic.
Neville, meanwhile, is dead against the idea of a break with the Sky Sports pundit tweeting on Wednesday afternoon: “Can we please get this two-week circuit breaker thing off the table?
“The players would have to carry on mixing and training to be ready in two weeks for a match.
“They may get 4-5 days off. What is that going to do? Would have to be a long break to do anything meaningful!”
And Grealish replied: “Bang on!!”
Manchester United are up next for Villa, on Friday night, and Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer outlined his thoughts on the possibility of a suspension.
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“It’s not something I’ve thought about a lot and we as a club, a group and our players have been really good following protocols and rules,” Solskjaer said after his side’s late win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“That’s part of the job here. We as clubs follow protocols we’re given. I can’t see the benefit in having a break – when are we going to play the games?
“We all know it’s so difficult, but if you just stop more games I don’t think that’s going to make a big, big change. It might be a longer one, so when do we finish the season?”