Daily Archives: May 19, 2020

Project Restart: Clubs to Resume ‘Small Training’

Mikel Arteta takes first Arsenal training session, and even moody ...

Arteta handling a training session

Project Restart has been on the ears of everyone associated with the potential return of Premier League football since its suspension on March 13. I for one, had to do a Project Restart of my own, with Gooner Daily not blogging for as long as I can remember. That defeats the purpose of being a daily blog you know, but hey, a man’s gotta do what he gotta do. 

Haven’t missed much though with COVID-19 still taking center stage and robbing us off all we hold dear, with many people in the world battling the pandemic in more ways than one. Here’s to all the government agencies and medical folks doing their bit to keep us safe. You are the real heroes.

Moving back to football, it was heartwarming see football restart in Germany with the Bundesliga commencing last weekend. The fierced face kid, Erling Braut Haaland, picked up where he left off with a brace in Borussia Dortmund”s 4-0 victory over Schalke 04. While other leagues like the Ladbrokes Premiership, Ligue Un, Belgian Juliper League closing and declaring the league leaders as the competition winners, the English Premier League still harbors hopes of a potential return, hence the birth of Project Restart.

Project Restart is the moniker given to the Premier League’s attempt to restart the season that was halted abruptly by the Coronavirus pandemic that spread rapidly around the world. It showed its fierce face in the Premier League with Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, contacting it, probably from exchanging pleasantries with the Olympiakos president on that ill-fated Europa League night.  Project Restart has seen many Premier League dignitaries meet each other on several occasions on several copies ranging from personnel safety to the best approach for the current situation on ground.

The first important step of Project Restart has taken place with all 20 Premier League clubs unanimously voting to resume training in small groups from today,

“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

“The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League‘s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”

With Bundesliga restarting, hope has been restored that the Premier League can follow suit, but we have to remain cautious as the Coronavirus count in the United Kingdom is not encouraging – 246 thousand confirmed cases and 34,796 deaths.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Sayonara

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