Premier League planning to return to training on May 9

Premier League planning to return to training on May 9
Premier League planning to return to training on May 9

Premier League clubs are targeting a return to training on May 9 as English football bids to get back underway, according to reports. 

Premier League Return

The Premier League is under pressure to finish the season from clubs who are without matchday revenue, and all set to deprived of TV revenue if the league is not completed. Clubs can withstand the loss of Matchday revenue, but surrendering TV revenue would be a huge blow to most of the clubs.

Premier League chiefs have been holding talks about when the campaign might be able to resume, with June being touted as a possible time for return, albeit behind closed doors.

Premier League clubs have reiterated their commitment to finish off the campaign, and they would discuss all possible way in Friday meeting. However, some teams have concerns about the expiry of players contract by June 30 – which may create problems for clubs.  

Among all alternatives, the idea of playing rest of the league at neutral grounds, including Wembley Stadium, may gather some momentum with concerns that hosting matches at the original venues will be logistically impossible when some restrictions are likely to remain because of the pandemic.

Premier League Managers to Prepare Players

Managers across the top flight league are said to have held talks with players about plans to get back to the training pitch ahead of a proposed restart; they are also aware of mental health of their squad during the period of lockdown.

Teams such as Bournemouth, West Ham, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace are all lining up the date with clubs eager to get back to the training ground after monitoring their players from a distance.

Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche and Chris Wilder all have reportedly spoken to his Cherries stars about possibly returning to training by May 9.