Project Restart hits speed bump with managers pushing for another week of preparation

May 14 – The resumption of the English Premier League, known as Project Restart, may have to be delayed following a managers’ meeting on Wednesday during which player welfare was discussed at length.

Reports claimed Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho led calls for a delay after insisting players needed at least a month to prepare for a return to action after seven-week layoff. Mourinho is understood to have been backed by several of his counterparts including Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

English newspapers say the Premier League ideally want to start the rest of the season, all of which will be behind closed doors, on Friday June 12 with a clash between Tottenham and Manchester United – a fixture that was due to be played on the very weekend football in England was suspended.

But this may now be pushed back apparently to June 19 following Wednesday’s conference call when head coaches discussed a potential timetable that will of course be reliant on guidelines from public health authorities.

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