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Karren Brady sets out four phase plan

West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has set out a four-phase plan for a return to football.

She insists that football remains at phase one and it is too early to talk about playing at neutral venues adding no agreement has been reached on that at present.

She insists this will only go forward with the backing of the players and she intends to take them through it personally adding there are still many obstacles to overcome and compromises to make.

Brady was part of yesterday’s Premier League conference call so it good to hear it direct from the horse’s mouth so to speak.

Brady full article from her Sun column can be read below:

WE still do not have a restart date for the Premier League but we are at least back in training . . . of sorts!

At West Ham we’re now in the first of four phases — the commencement of individual training.

The next phase is contact training, the third is playing the league games and the fourth is playing international matches.
So during the first phase our players are training by themselves at the club’s Rush Green base.

They arrive in their own car, dressed in their kit, go on the pitches and do their individual training, then get back in their car and go home.

And then the next player turns up and does the same — it’s a one-in, one-out policy that all clubs are now following.

No contact is allowed between the player and anyone else — although we do have doctors in case a player has a medical emergency — and social distancing MUST remain in place. Gyms and communal areas like the canteen are firmly closed.

There will be new guidelines which include strict protocols in place to deal with the process from the point a player leaves his home to travel into the training ground, right the way through to leaving again after his individual session.

These include not being allowed to use the toilet to not being able to eat there, unless food is delivered to the car in a drive-through takeaway style. Although who cooks it and where they cook it is anyone’s guess!

We hope to move to phase two — contact training — when it is safe to do so and when the plan is signed off by the Government and Public Health England.

The key here is to make the environment as safe as it can possibly be because we want to be able to restart the games and finish our season.

And to do that we have to be ready — otherwise we’ll end up like France, Belgium and Holland, who have all had their season curtailed.

So clubs are all now producing their own health Operational Policy, which will include testing players, staff, broadcasters and operational staff twice a week.

Again, testing will be approved by the Government, done independently and centrally administered at various testing stations, with the results delivered within 24 hours.

The most important aspect of all this is not what we, as chairmen and CEO’s of clubs want the protocols to be, but that the players and managers agree and are comfortable with them and that they believe it is safe to commence contact training and play games.

Without their approval this is going nowhere, so it’s my intention to take my players through this in detail. We have to ensure that training is as safe as it can be — and they have to agree.

And then it’s further to get to phase three — playing games — and even further to phase four and international matches, with all the travel restrictions and isolation periods on returning to the UK.

There are a lot of obstacles to overcome and no doubt many compromises to make.

Phase three will include discussions on the possibility of playing at neutral grounds, which no one wants, but it’s clear that the location of the games when the league recommences will be subject to approval from both the Government and Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

They could argue neutral grounds better protect the welfare of all involved and reduce the burden on public services like police and ambulance.

But like everything else, nothing has been agreed as we are still in phase one.

At yesterday’s meeting, every club said it wants the season to restart.

We all know that it is going to take a lot of working together, good faith, careful thought and compromises if we have any chance of that happening.

The only common theme from all the Prem clubs is that any compromises have to be fair and uphold the integrity of the game.

Players and managers have to be key decision-makers on the protocols as there is a long way to go from where we are now to actually getting playing again.”

Claret and Hugh say:

It’s good to get some much-needed clarity from the Vice Chairman and she quite rightly says we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. We are at phase one of four with many complex obstacles to overcome. She admits that the players’ and staff health and safety is the absolute priority and that they must buy into the plan and be comfortable for their and their families safety, Playing games in phase three and she confirms there has been no agreement or vote from Premier League members to play at neutral venues at this stage.

She manages expectations saying there is a long way to go with many compromises along the way if we are to have any chance of resuming football this season.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Karren Brady sets out four phase plan

  1. The season must be ended now . The extra burden on Police and Emergency services even if played behind closed doors is totally unjustified . Results behind close doors will not reflect the scores that would have been recorded . What about home ground advantage and the crowd being worth a goal start .
    We should be concentrating on starting the next season safely on time . Too bad if clubs miss out on promotion and relegation …. no one asked for this virus to wreck our lives and kill innocent people…… anyone who thinks finishing the season is more important than keeping people safe and well is a moron .

  2. ALL the talk about completing this season is Nonsense…….. and they know it!
    Probably 95% of supporters realise that this season as we know it is a Bust.
    The elephant in the room driving this talk of completing this season is Money and Greed….. What about the Welfare of the players, their Health and Well-Being? Are they as important?

  3. Hugh. What is the reason for neutral grounds.

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