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  1. Capt. Pants

    National League null and void

    An incremental increase in new cases today. We now have the situation whereby as testing increases then so does the number of confirmed new cases. If I'm hearing correctly we will be exponentially increasing testing between now and the end of the month. In my mind that will shift the perceived peak to much later with an extension of lockdown. Unless we get a sustained reduction in the death rate it really isn't looking good for a return to normality anytime soon.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    Yeah but their probably not paying Premier League salaries to people who don't need the money. I get the point of the scheme and that high earners will continue to pay tax but it feels to me that it's been used to underwrite those wages. It's bad enough NCFC doing it but for Spurs and Liverpool it's pretty bloody scandalous.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    Tough times ahead. We won't be able to afford two people doing the job of one.
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    National League null and void

    The body bags are racking up. There is not a cats chance in hell of all leagues completing by 30/6. FFS we haven't even hit the peak yet and probably 2-4 weeks away. You have to overlay events of COVID-19 and the EPL seems to be living in a bubble and stringing clubs along. There is not a sporting event this side of July that hasn't been cancelled. It's bordering on the disrespectful really.
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    National League null and void

    NCFC won't be on existence. There's only so much time they can keep taking season ticket money, then where's the revenue coming from? No surprise City at the front of the queue for handouts. No way am I paying for a season ticket for the rest of this year with nothing to see for it. A line has to be drawn under this season and we move on with the next when that can start.
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    National League null and void

    Don't disagree at all. However Belgium have sort of shot themselves in the foot by declaring champions as now their season can't be null and void, at least that's how I see it. They now need to fudge the promotion and relegation and issue. Top and bottom to swap places is probably the least contentious from their perspective.
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    Prem league date pushed back.

    They're letting the Belgians go first. The season might well be fudged but it won't be finished.
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    National League null and void

    I hope we have good lawyers as if we do the top and bottom approach with Leeds replacing us we would want significant compo.
  9. Capt. Pants

    NCFC to furlough staff

    In tandem with Webber saying he's not prepared to ask the players for a wage cut I just don't feel comfortable with it. Effectively tax payers money (the scheme) is being used to underwrite the players massive salaries. I can"t think any basic or higher rate tax payer can be happy with this.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    I'm starting to feel very uncomfortable about this. I know our players aren't paid top wack compared to 'bigger' clubs and I'm not suggesting the same fixed percentage reduction for each player, but surely there has to be some contribution from the players to non playing staff? We've been named and shamed on the BBC and if we end up avoiding relegation due to act of God and grab another £100m worth of TV money once next season gets underway we're going to be a pretty unpopular club. Not to mention the players will get another season's worth Premier League salary when almost certain relegation would have curtailed that.
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    National League null and void

    Addenbrookes modelling on the basis that the peak will be on 4 weeks time. Looking at the 100s still crammed in like sardines on the London Underground 4 weeks is optimistic. We are a million miles away from stability let alone a sustained reduction in new cases.
  12. People won't forget this for a long time. A Stefan Kuntz of the highest order.
  13. Capt. Pants

    National League null and void

    I'm not sure that's as easy as it sounds though as not all clubs will be able to afford extend those contracts and some players will want more than just an extension period just to cover off the end of the season, especially those in the relegation zone. Some players might not even want that anyway, I might use Grealish and Aarons as examples who if rumours are true have already been tapped up for moves elsewhere. You can't force players to extend/renew contracts no more you can to force it on the clubs.
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    National League null and void

    UK lockdown until June increasingly on the cards with the prospect of even tighter measures in the meantime. You'll then need a period of review whilst the effects of returning to normality, which sounds as if it will be on a phased basis, are monitored. Additionally players will need to an equivalent of pre season training to allow them to get safely back up to speed in order to play something like 2 games a week. The likelihood of this season finishing before October diminish by the day.
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    National League null and void

    Yep, depressingly a very realistic viewpoint. Or not depressingly in some ways as this event will level the playing field. I've heard that the NHS are expecting this to peak in mid April with a 6 week period of hell to follow. We then have to plateau and then come down the curve, which will take just as long as it took to get up it. That's best case scenario. This season will be null and void and the various leagues will pick up the pieces thereafter depending on who is still in business. I just can't see it being this calendar year and it will be jumpers for goalposts if ever we reconvene. Sky have already resorted to free Sports and it will be hard for any customer to ever again commit to lengthy contracts to watch football that might not ever start. Expect future iterations of Covid-19, expect future disruption and lockdown. The Sky money has gone, football as we know it is over, but not necessarily a bad thing for the purist.
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