“We have looked at different scenarios but one thing is clear, it will be totally different for the players and the staff" says O'Neill
Lee O’Neill tells the Club website that the players face a pre-season like no other when Blues eventually return to action and says he can see a ‘a two games a week’ schedule for 2020/21.
No date has been set for the start of the new campaign but with the Premier League and Championship due to finish 2019/20 by the end of July, there has been talk of a September kick-off across the board in England.
“We are completely in the unknown at the moment so it’s very difficult to plan for any pre-season schedule,” said Town’s general manager of football operations.
“We have looked at different scenarios but one thing is clear, this pre-season will be totally different for the players and the staff.
“It will be the longest ever the players will have been away, when you think the last game was March 7.
“You will be talking six months before a competitive game if we start in September so the longer we have them back and get them conditioned for a season of football, the better.
“The Euros [European Championship] are due to start in June and I would expect that to provide a deadline the Premier League will have to work to. I don’t know whether we will have to follow that schedule or not.
“If we don’t start until September or October, you are looking at playing two games a week every week, especially when you feed in cup matches.”
Town were due to go to Germany in July as part of the pre-season campaign, but it’s now expected that the return to fitness and perhaps friendlies will be based at the training ground.