Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo worries that if another season is halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, English football will be altered forever.
An increase in cases as Britain is struggling to contain a new Covid-19 highly infectious strain has led to some calls to stop the season.
Forty positive cases were identified among Premier League players and personnel last week, while on Monday Aston Villa’s clash with Tottenham became the fifth top-flight match postponed due to an outbreak in the past month.
With no matchday sales, clubs are still feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak as all games are played behind closed doors.
The three-month halt to the season last season cost Premier League clubs an extra £ 330 million ($ 444 million) in television rebates and Nuno worries that another interruption will lead to the fittest survival, giving the largest clubs a chance to change the game to their advantage.
“It’s a difficult decision to make. If we stop everything will change. A new football will come, probably with a Super League, probably with other competitions. It’ll be a matter of which clubs will survive. It’s a tough decision to make. It’s going to be a matter of which clubs will survive.”
Liverpool and Manchester United were behind a proposed revamp of the English top-flight in October, which suggested reducing the league’s size to 18 clubs and scrapping the EFL Cup to make way for more European games on the calendar.
I don’t know what’s better. What I’m afraid of is that the football we know now won’t be the same if the decision is to quit. This is my greatest concern.
The strong will thrive if you have a crisis, and what about the rest? My personal opinion is that when I’m aware of what’s going on, you won’t see the same model that we have now.