Watford manager Nigel Pearson cast doubt on Friday on whether the Premier League should be rushing to restart in June. Photo: Reuters
Watford manager Nigel Pearson cast doubt on Friday on whether the Premier League should be rushing to restart in June. Photo: Reuters

No rush to restart Premier League season, says Watford manager

By Simon Cambers Time of article published May 23, 2020

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LONDON - Watford manager Nigel Pearson cast doubt on Friday on

whether the Premier League should be rushing to restart in June.

Most of Watford's players returned to training, in small groups, this

week, more than two months after the Premier League was suspended

because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Captain Troy Deeney stayed away over fears concerning his 5-month-old

son, who has respiratory problems.

"It's more a question of whether there's a necessity to meet the

government's guidelines rather than get the season completed in a

timeframe that suits," the Watford Observer quoted Pearson Friday.

"We've got until almost the end of August to finish the season. When

we need to restart is debateable.

"There's still a few unanswered questions and that's something that

is a concern for some players and I respect their views."

One Watford player is already isolating after testing positive for

the virus while The Guardian reported on Friday tthat two more

players were staying away for seven days after coming into contact

with someone affected. 

Pearson said Deeney and his other black players were also concerned

over safety in the light of the disproportionate number of black,

asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people dying from the virus.

"As far as the players are concerned the BAME question is still

something they don't have enough assurances about.

"It's not just about the players but their wider families. I find it

awkward to talk about football when we're in such a difficult

situation. It doesn't seem right to be talking too much about

football when we've got so many fatalities."

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