Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder agrees with Gary Neville on how the Premier League season should be concluded.
Neville laid out his five-point plan for how the 2019/20 campaign could be concluded on Twitter and the Sheffield Star reports that Wilder backs the proposal.
-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
The 20 top flight clubs are due to have another meeting this week, where they are expected to agree to further suspend play. As things stand, fixtures are postponed until April 30 at the earliest.
Gary Neville and Sheffield United could get their way
Football.london reports that there is indeed a plan being put in place that seems to be in line with some of Neville’s ideas.
Apparently, the Premier League is looking at ways to play all the remaining fixtures in a four-to-six-week period, beginning in July.
The games would be played behind closed doors, which was something that Wilder initially opposed. However, the acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic has seen the 52-year-old soften his stance.
Wilder now thinks that the most important thing is that the Blades’ final ten league matches are played.
The main issue with concluding the current season in July is players’ contracts. Some will become a free agent on June 30; but that problem is considered secondary to simply finishing the campaign.
It’s thought FIFA will be the ones to determine how contracts and transfer windows operate this summer.
Another report has emerged that also seems to be in line with Neville’s proposal. It will see all 20 teams go into “World Cup style” camps, in which they are isolated in quarantine until the final fixtures are played.
A few games will be held every day and broadcast as a major TV event. This idea is believed to have increased government backing.