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McGreal Still Aiming For Season Completion

U's boss has plenty of plans ready for campaign restart

16 April 2020

Colchester United Head Coach John McGreal is fully prepared to finish the 2019/20 season.

The latest information from the EFL suggests a return to action, with the remaining games being played over an eight week period.

McGreal said this week that he and his backroom staff have contigency plans in place for various restart dates, so the U's are ready to go whenever they need to be.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "I think everyone wants the season to be finished. We got the news last week that the season was suspended indefinitely."

"The calendar obviously needs adjusting, after what the EFL have said. The letter states that the rest of the season could be played within a 56-day period.

"That would mean a lot of games in a short space of time which we’ve had before, so we’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case.

"We have plan A in place for a certain date if not, we have a plan for the next date, then a plan for the next date and so on.

"Staying safe is the most important thing and we’ve seen what’s happened with the footage of the Tottenham lads training together; the players are doing their exercises on their own.

"Football will come back but there are more important things at the moment. It’s a case of the players being safe and sticking to the social distancing. There’s no prejudice with this virus, it can attack anyone.

"I’m sure all of the fans want to see their football again but it’s just a case of being patient. We’re being guided by the government, along with the FA, the EFL and the PFA."


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