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Author Topic: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?  (Read 290892 times)

Offline JD

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1875 on: April 07, 2020, 08:53:13 AM »
It's got the point where I don't give a shit who become champions, who goes down and who comes up, or if anyone does.  It all seems so immaterial.  I can't go and visit my 80 year old parents, what do I care which division anyone is in next season?

Totally agree mate.Ii can't come over to the UK to see my elderly Mother, I can't see my kids or my grandson. I had a holiday booked in the Cook Islands which has been cancelled. My wife has lost her job and is driving me mad while I am trying to work from home. Realistically who really cares what happens with the football season.   
« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 08:57:19 AM by JD »

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1876 on: April 07, 2020, 08:59:49 AM »
The legitimate question will come though, not just with football or sports but just about everything. When is the right time to start things up again? When will you have confidence we are past the worst? Or that it wonít happen again? Or that the person at the bus stop next to you, or at the supermarket or lined up at Greggs doesnít have it? When will it be ok in this instance football to say that itís time? Because on that day some will be overjoyed as the monotony caused by all of this will start to lift while others will be appalled that itís being contemplated without a full cure being discovered. While someone somewhere is dying of it.

There wonít be a perfect time for the world to start up again. Let alone sports. So what will be acceptable?

Right now I would void the season and propose to start the new season in September. This gives time for everyone in football to plan for the future within the current restrictions.

There would be no League Cup and no Europa League for this season only to aid the late start and also to give flex were the season not to start on time. The FA Cup is a tricky one, it starts in the late summer for non-league and perhaps this can happen with the expected small crowds. If not a delay may instigate the need to start the competition higher up the pyramid with compensation given to those unable to take part.

This all relies on a return to relative normality at the end of the summer which is by no means certain but at least gives some sort of structure to work to. It is based purely on the advice of the government and not on the economic factors, Sky or any other irrelevant factor that could peoples lives at risk.

Playing the remaining games some 6 months late and calling it the same season is frankly, bollocks, it becomes a mini season in itself and is unrepresentative of what came before.

Clubs are claiming that they can't last until September with no income.

I fully understand why they are delaying a decision.  While there is still hope of getting the games finished, they have to look at it.

It's looking less and less likely that games played in front of crowds will be an option.  They appear to be pinning their hopes on games being played behind closed doors.  This of course would involve gatherings of around 200 people.   I'm not sure how this can be encouraged/accepted?

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1877 on: April 07, 2020, 09:19:12 AM »
Nothing will go back to normal until there is a vaccine which the experts say is twelve to eighteen months away, even if percentages drop there will still be outbreaks, not sure why the FA are delaying the decision.

Or at least an ability to test who has had it and who hasn't.

Anyone who hasn't had it would be more at risk in training, playing etc and as mentioned here, all you need is for 2-3 to come in and that is one or two teams who might not be able to fulfil fixtures again.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1878 on: April 07, 2020, 09:25:21 AM »
Re the quotathon argument.

Obviously football pales into insignificance in the wider context of what is going on.  Nobody will care more about football than whether friends or love ones come through this crisis unscathed.  Even for those who get through with their health and job, as a country we'll be paying this off for two generations.

But caring about the real world doesn't mean you should have to suspend your interest in a game and team you have followed all your life.  I care deeply about what happens to Villa, as when we get back to some sort of normality I'm sure they will be playing a big part in my life.  Whilst accepting in the scheme of things it's not that important, nobody should be made to feel callous or uncaring for wanting and hoping the best for Villa.

Football is escapism.  It is important to millions of people around the world.  It is the glue that holds communities and friendships together.  In the current shit storm people should be allowed to escape to their favourite footy forum to chew the fat about their team without inference that they are uncaring for doing so.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1879 on: April 07, 2020, 09:41:32 AM »
I do care about Villa, it's my oldest love and passion, but unfotunately it does not compare to not being able to see my 3 year old grandson, who I love to bits. My escapism is spending a whole day delighting a 3 year old with simple things like a trip to a park, or an ice cream.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1880 on: April 07, 2020, 09:45:40 AM »
It's not football supporters who look callous or uncaring at all, more the custodians of the game itself. We all love the club and personally that will never fade, but it will always come second to the health and well being of me, my family and friends and the country as a whole. Once this is on something of an even keel we can consult the internet as to the latest scores rather than the latest death toll.

At the outset I identified how important this forum was to us all, and the myriad discussions about the Villa give us that valuable escapism and long may they all continue.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1881 on: April 07, 2020, 10:39:15 AM »
I second that emotion.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1882 on: April 07, 2020, 10:54:02 AM »
I second that emotion.

Thats because you've given a lifetime of devotion.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1883 on: April 07, 2020, 12:37:50 PM »
yes we need a miracle

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1884 on: April 07, 2020, 03:30:40 PM »
It is interesting following journalists on Twitter.

One of them has quoted Greg Clark(e) from the FA saying there is a danger of the leagues not being completed (which is the first I have seen from anyone in an official capacity mentioning this). He has obviously done a press conference today because Henry Winter has also tweeted a couple of thoughts and comments from him, with nothing about his concerns about the season.

Henry Winter was also on R4 the other morning stating the league had to be completed, with no mention of anything else.

I find it interesting how journalists decide what to tweet - if one was feeling uncharitable it could be suggested they are pushing their own agenda / self interest.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2020, 07:00:01 PM by aev »

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1886 on: April 07, 2020, 07:20:49 PM »
Every government, business and individual is going to take a financial hit from this. Things won't simply pick up where they left off.

Football cannot isolate itself from this, there's going to be a financial hit on owners, players, agents & the broadcasters just like the rest of society. Trying to force through a return to normality whilst people are dying makes the whole industry look immoral & heartless.

I get that society wants to return to normality, as everybody's wellbeing is being tested, but playing football in empty stadium's is not normality.

When all this is done hopefully society will re-evaluate what's really important.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1887 on: April 07, 2020, 08:22:22 PM »
Next season is pretty likely to be disrupted once we get to the winter and annual flu season starts so think we have to factor that in aswell.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1888 on: April 07, 2020, 08:33:33 PM »
View from Spain https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52198036

Of the 3 dates mentioned, the 28th June seems the more likely and even then I imagine that's being very optimistic. The curve down is going to be much longer than the curve up.

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Re: How much will Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact Aston Villa's season?
« Reply #1889 on: April 07, 2020, 09:40:20 PM »
Realistically, the start to next season could only be put back until the start of September and that's not even considering the impact of the Winter shut down they have in some countries.  With a reduced preseason down to a month (that's probably too short), that means if you play 2 games a week, the restart will need to be the last week in June.  With a 2 to 3 week build up, that means a return to training with a full bill of health by the end of next month at the latest.  Can people really see all clubs saying they are clear of the virus or the risk of it by then, either honestly or not.

With clubs having to extend some players' contracts by a month, have the extra cost of other part time staff during the summer months and running up costs now during the period in limbo, how are the ones that are saying they are having financial difficulties now going to survive.  Granted that clubs are losing money because of the situation now but if you say now that the season is cancelled, at least the clubs in trouble can save themselves from going out of business by looking to sell players.  Delaying making a decision will send more out of business, just so they can finish a season and disrupt next season.

All the talk about cancelling next season to finish this season does not make any sense economically.

I would say they have 2 weeks to make the call.

 


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