Danny Murphy has said that the Leeds United players must embrace a radical plan that would see the final games in the 19/20 season condensed into a short period of time.
With the Championship currently suspended until April 30 at the earliest, both the Premier League and the EFL are exploring solutions and possible re-start dates.
One is to condense fixtures into a short period of time and play them behind closed doors.
A report in the Mail said that some Premier League and EFL players were “furious” about the prospect of playing three matches in five days to get the season finished.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville hit out at this saying, “Surely we aren’t gonna be hearing this crap” and said that he was in “no doubt” that the remaining nine fixtures this season would have to be condensed into a short period of time.
Surely we aren’t gonna be hearing this crap when the game can return! I’m in no doubt whenever it does return it will be 9-10 game hit in an extremely condensed period . Contracts may have to be temporarily extended if needed and the pfa just need to accept this as a requirement pic.twitter.com/wViSp9Cpkd
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 28, 2020
Talking on the Jim White Show (talkSPORT, Monday, midday), Murphy was asked specifically about Leeds and West Brom and their bid for promotion from the Championship.
He said that the players must embrace the fixture congestion.
“Playing three games in a week or even four isn’t the worst thing you can do,” Murphy said.
“You do it at Christmas and it does you in but as footballers you want your destiny in your hands.
“Even if that means playing when you’re tired in order to win promotion, you would do that. It’s in your own hands.”
Clubs regularly complain about the packed festive period, when fixtures are packed together. But these are unusual times.
Leeds will be desperate to get the 19/20 season finished – both owner Andrea Radrizzani and chief executive Angus Kinnear have said they’d play behind closed doors if necessary – and we’re sure the players wouldn’t have a problem playing four times in a week if that was what’s needed.
The problem would be fitness and injuries. Players won’t be at peak fitness after training on their own and that could lead to increased injuries, which would put a strain on medical resources let alone the squads.
That could see games played at a lower tempo and that, combined with no fans, would make for a very different style of football.
If that’s what it takes, though, we’re with Murphy on this.
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