"Football is not important at the moment. We will return when the authorities tell us it’s safe to do so”
Lee O’Neill says it’s a sensible decision by the authorities to postpone football for the foreseeable future even though it presents challenges for players and clubs.
Town’s players were due to return to training on April 14 to be ready to resume games from the start of May. That timetable was always in doubt as the country battles against Covid-19 and the FA, Premier League and EFL have now agreed that no date will be set for a return until it’s deemed safe to play football again.
“Football is nothing at the moment compared to what’s going on in the world,” Lee, Town’s general manager football operations, told the Club website.
“The Coronavirus cases are going up by the day and there are high number of people dying in this country and globally so playing football again is a million miles away at the moment.
“It’s a sensible decision and we will obviously follow guidelines from the Government and the football authorities and wait and see when it’s safe to play football again.
“Having no timeline does present problems of course. At the moment the players are in a ‘maintenance cycle’ that was set for them to return to training on April 14.
“That’s not going to happen now and not knowing when we will play again, it’s going to present a challenge for every football club in keeping players motivated to carry on training at home and retaining a good level of fitness.
“But as I said, football is not important at the moment. We will return when the authorities tell us it’s safe to do so.”