Steven Gerrard reveals Premier League managers ‘to hold meeting’ as Covid causes chaos | Football | Sport


Premier League managers will hold a meeting on Monday which Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard hopes will provide clarity on the concerning rise in Covid-19 cases at top-flight clubs. Half of the 10 matches scheduled for this weekend are cancelled following an outbreak of positive cases across the league.

Manchester United have had their two matches this week postponed. Ralf Rangnick is believed to have just seven first-team players available when Covid-19 cases and injuries are taken into account. 

The Red Devils were due to play Brentford on Tuesday and Brighton on Saturday. 

Other matches called off include Southampton’s clash with Brentford, Norwich’s visit to West Ham, Watford vs Crystal Palace, and Leicester’s trip to Everton. 

It follows the four games that were pushed back in midweek.

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Premier League bosses are split ove what should happen next. Brentford’s Thomas Frank called for a full circuit breaker until Boxing Day, while others, including Gerrard, believe games should go ahead of they can. 

“On the back of what a lot of managers have said, we want the same thing which is for the game to continue,” Gerrard said.  

“there are obviously a lot of concerns and a lot of unanswered questions. That’s the reason that the Premier League have put in place an opportunity for all the managers to get together and I am hoping that there will be a lot of clarity which will come off the back of that meeting.

“There is also an opportunity for the captains to get together to speak and have a debate on what is the best thing to do in the current situation.

“It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club – and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.   

“The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club may come into contact with. 

“In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures.  

“These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.” 

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