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1 Posted 14/03/2020 at 17:00:50
This season will be abandoned. Liverpool will call themselves champions and may well even er have that endorsed by the Premier League... but, when we do resume top-flight games, I'd be surprised if we don't go to the pre 2019-20 season status with everyone in the same leagues as now.
2 Posted 14/03/2020 at 17:35:42
3 Posted 14/03/2020 at 17:51:00
This is only the beginning and there's no putting the genie of hysteria back in the bottle. Authorities feeling they need to be seen doing something will exacerbate the situation.
4 Posted 14/03/2020 at 17:56:29
The only way I can see this season being completed is if all games are played on Subbuteo pitches. I bet Carlo would be flicking fantastico!
5 Posted 14/03/2020 at 18:31:52
6 Posted 14/03/2020 at 18:57:49
But that assumes there are other clubs with access to funds required to make purchases, ie, clubs with cash reserves (are there any of those?) or wealthy benefactors able to throw money in without the present constraints of FFP. The problem there, of course, is that most of the wealthy benefactors have seen a sharp decline in their wealth in the past week.
While their losses will be recovered in due course, many will adopt a risk-averse approach to their football investments. A few may see the situation as an opportunity to take advantage of low prices in a period of light-touch regulatory policies. Which approach will Messrs Moshiri and Usmanov take?
7 Posted 14/03/2020 at 20:44:01
So it is not entirely up to the Premier League to take a decision in isolation. Governments of individual countries will have a input as well. In my opinion, this could run for a while.
9 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:24:04
Therefore, the Champions League and Europa League are suspended for a year. Preliminary European qualifiers start in early July.
Cancel/freeze everything. Tough on Leeds, West Brom and other divisions. A benefit to those currently struggling and fighting relegation; however, what is more important? Health or football?
10 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:31:36
Well, what if they put the Euros back to 2021, as it seems likely now, the Premier League would finish later and cross with the rearranged Euros next season..
I cannot see players going straight into the Euros without a break.
11 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:33:50
12 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:42:42
Pandemics usually cause social disruption and can change the way we live our lives and what we value; therefore, football as a business may have to work a lot harder in order to attract the money that they currently take for granted.
In the future, they may have to give more consideration to us, the supporters, when they decide to make top-down decisions.
13 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:43:14
14 Posted 14/03/2020 at 23:04:35
15 Posted 14/03/2020 at 23:49:31
This is going to get very rough by all accounts. As Carlo has said, football is very secondary to what's currently going on.
All of you guys do the best you can to stay safe and protect yourselves and your families.
16 Posted 15/03/2020 at 06:00:59
It just needs to be wrapped up.
17 Posted 15/03/2020 at 07:07:04
Good job, well written. Timely timing. Really difficult to assess when we might be back to safe practises.
However, in these days of gloom and doom, I'd like to mention a front-page article in this week's Weekend Australian newspaper entitled:
"Corona code cracked, now to cure."
I'll just give the drift of it because, although this is generally good news, the whole article is too long to write here. It starts:
Day by day, they're edging closer to a vaccine for COVID-19 but there can be no cutting corners, no half measures when millions of lives are at stake. In a very real sense, these 3 Brisbane scientists have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Keith Chappell came up with the idea to hijack the virus's own fearsome infectious properties with revolutionary "molecular clamp" technology, and, since January he has worked around the clock with colleagues Paul Young and Trent Munro to put it into a jab to inoculate the population. After experiments with 250 different formulations, they have settled on a candidate vaccine, this is being tested on laboratory mice at the University of Queensland as a prelude to human trials by mid-year. "In terms of getting a vaccine that we think will work, we think we are already there," said Dr Chappell, 38.
Keith Chappell came up with the idea to hijack the virus's own fearsome infectious properties with revolutionary "molecular clamp" technology, and, since January he has worked around the clock with colleagues Paul Young and Trent Munro to put it into a jab to inoculate the population.
After experiments with 250 different formulations, they have settled on a candidate vaccine, this is being tested on laboratory mice at the University of Queensland as a prelude to human trials by mid-year.
"In terms of getting a vaccine that we think will work, we think we are already there," said Dr Chappell, 38.
"But getting a vaccine that's available for 7 billion people on the planet means we have to move to scale and that's a very different proposition.
Without going in to too much detail, the article goes on that discussions with the USA Therapeutic Good Administration and the European equivalent to fast track are taking place. They hope to have the vaccine available by the end of the year. So, as you mentioned, timely timing.
I hope this helps some readers to be at least a little more positive.
18 Posted 15/03/2020 at 08:21:45
Football, with its top-heavy wages and unsustainable format, is going to change very rapidly. The never-ending stream of TV money is no longer going to fund its excesses. Many clubs will go under.
We will possibly be left with 2 professional divisions and the rest will go semi-pro. The crazy wages will be severely cut as the lifeblood of sponsorships and TV rights is reduced.
As in the rest of society, it will take years for it to get back to where it was, but I suspect that football will never be the same.
19 Posted 15/03/2020 at 08:51:16
By all accounts, there is one positive with CV19, which is the speed of infection. This thing is not going to be around for years given it will go through the population very quickly. There will be casualties but the vast majority of people who have it/will get it will have very minor symptoms (apparently 1 in 5 will have no symptoms at all). So I'm not sure the extreme scenario you're painting will come about. (I do however agree the money is insane at the top of the tree.)
I can see the worst being over in 2-3 months and then its a question of reorganising and trying to get back to normal. Many clubs will experience short term cash flow problems so main issue for me is how to support these clubs in the next 2-3 months as I cannot see how you finish this season.
Personally, I think the season should be scrapped and we plan for next year. Or at least make that decision in April when it will be clear no games can happen in the foreseeable future.
Btw - I'm currently holed up at home with this thing - like having mild flu. I feel for the older population who are at greater risk.
20 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:26:00
21 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:59:18
Have you actually tested positive or are you assuming you're infected? Do you live locally or in one of the more severely affected countries?
22 Posted 15/03/2020 at 16:15:24
Let's hope for sanity. We had to cancel a family party for our Golden Wedding yesterday as one of my sons works in an office where there's been a confirmed case.
23 Posted 15/03/2020 at 16:32:45
Where are you? How were you diagnosed?
24 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:02:22
25 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:02:44
26 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:10:47
One of the symptoms wouldn't be a nose "running like a glassblower's arse" would it ?
(never got that particular Scousism !) 💙
27 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:38:58
The football calendar includes the Womens euros in 2021, to be held in the UK. There is also a potential Olympic competition in the fall, (has the copa America been cancelled yet) taking players away from our leagues, butt this up against a winter World Cup, the next truly free date is summer 2022.
Throw in the fact other activities used football stadia in the summer, grounds need to be revamped and pitches reseed etc. you are just ploughing through, not understanding that summer activities will be hit if you play the remaining games in this period. Cricket, Rugby league and all manner of things need just as much support, if not more.
Playing games in this period will have a huge knock on effect, could a country cricket game compete with a premier league game? It would do more harm than good.
Its being pointed out a that we supply entrants to European competition, so it you are to keep that intact then all of Europe should make the same call.
That call should be to void the season. At least starting again has lesser knock on effect than trying to shoe horn everything in without understanding the consequences it has to the wider sporting world and beyond.
28 Posted 15/03/2020 at 18:16:24
29 Posted 15/03/2020 at 23:55:21
30 Posted 16/03/2020 at 09:49:43
As such, I can't say 100% we have it (wife and one of the kids also under the weather) but we all have coughs, fevers and the usual breathing symptoms being described and recently came back from northern Italy. So, we either have it or have something with the exact same symptoms. Either way, having come back from Italy we have to self isolate for 14 days as it is. We're down but not out but thanks again for the messages.
Hope everyone on TW is fine healthwise wise.
31 Posted 16/03/2020 at 09:53:31
Used the online urban dictionary [QUOTED].
From the Liverpool argot 'Scouse' - a runny nose, a pun on diarrhoea. Probably a skit at the glassblower's trade which would involve some straining, a hazardous practice for someone suffering any looseness of the bowels. (There is a traditional glass industry at St. Helen's, on the Mersey estuary east and inland of Liverpool.)
My nose is running like a glassblower's arse!"
32 Posted 16/03/2020 at 10:42:49
You painted a mental picture for me, there!
One of my favourite Scousisms is/was "don't hit him - it's Christmas"
33 Posted 16/03/2020 at 11:29:13
34 Posted 16/03/2020 at 11:32:06
35 Posted 16/03/2020 at 12:24:05
How quickly things change.
I arrived home from a holiday in Portugal last Monday. My daughter flew in from America on Tuesday,
as my son was getting married on Saturday.
On Wednesday we had a flood, completely covering downstairs! Thursday was spent clearing up after flood.
Friday my son's honeymoon was cancelled due to Corana Virus restrictions. They had been going to Jamaica. Sunday was spent trying to get my daughter on an earlier flight back to USA. Which she is now safely on.
Saturday however was a brilliant day. 😀
36 Posted 16/03/2020 at 12:27:47
37 Posted 16/03/2020 at 12:38:22
That's a week to hell and back!
Please don't tell me the dog died as well! That would put it over the top.
You must be looking forward to normal and boring!
38 Posted 16/03/2020 at 12:43:42
And yes, normal and boring sound good to me.
39 Posted 16/03/2020 at 13:09:55
40 Posted 16/03/2020 at 15:59:57
Lynn Maher, if we could bottle your attitude and outlook, we'd have Everton at the top of the League in no time. I hope things start to recover as soon as possible for you.
41 Posted 16/03/2020 at 16:17:28
“Running like a sailors knob “ always makes me laugh.
42 Posted 16/03/2020 at 16:43:51
43 Posted 16/03/2020 at 17:19:12
There are so many good people on this site.
44 Posted 16/03/2020 at 21:38:45
45 Posted 16/03/2020 at 21:48:12
Nah' forget it,
All the pundits are Red noses and they'd win every game by 50 or more goals.
46 Posted 16/03/2020 at 22:31:07
I can see the major clubs breaking away sooner rather than later and this current health crisis will provide them with a perfect opportunity.
47 Posted 16/03/2020 at 23:09:45
The London Marathon has also been moved from early April to Early October.
God knows when we might see the next PL game - and even if God had a date VAR would probably over-rule it.
... and The way things are looking Im not optimistic about the summer series of Love Island happening ( Note for Mike Gaynes - Love Island is like the Grafton, but with younger/more attractive ladies, though Rob Halligan May contradict this assertion).
48 Posted 16/03/2020 at 23:15:06
This season might be lucky to restart this time next year, depending how this virus reacts in the southern hemisphere in their winter.
49 Posted 16/03/2020 at 23:37:38
50 Posted 16/03/2020 at 23:52:51
I am 60 in sept,- wasn't planning much due to the other events, but it just shows that you can't look too far ahead. Crazy times!
51 Posted 17/03/2020 at 01:34:14
52 Posted 17/03/2020 at 11:35:46
Even a Coronavirus would think twice about going into the Grafton unless it had drunk 6 pints. There's things in the Grafton carpet that could cause it serious damage.
53 Posted 17/03/2020 at 11:46:18
55 Posted 17/03/2020 at 14:04:28
56 Posted 17/03/2020 at 14:34:00
57 Posted 18/03/2020 at 11:45:39
58 Posted 18/03/2020 at 12:30:39
“Dont let them (the women) see you limping. They go for the lame ones first”
59 Posted 18/03/2020 at 12:37:41
60 Posted 18/03/2020 at 13:11:47
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