I can't see us playing this season - Warne

Last updated : 07 May 2020 By Millersmad

In his weekly column in the Tiser, the gaffer give his opinions on the future of this season and what should happen.

"Honest truth, I can’t see us playing again this season. I’ve said that from day one, ever since coronavirus shut down football. What is 100 per cent certain is that if we do come back no fans will be allowed in to watch matches."

"The lads have had longer away from full training now than they would in an off-season, If we come back now, we’ve got about three weeks to prepare and we can’t have any warm-up games. I just don’t think that will help the integrity of League One or any other league."

"They’re not going to be as prepared as they’d normally be. I know players don’t forget how to play but, after they’ve had this much time away and then not had the proper preparation time, the standard is not going to be as good."

"I don’t see Leagues One and Two coming back. League Two clubs are already releasing players, which is very strange to me when they potentially still have nine games left."

"The Premier League will do everything they can to get it back on because of the huge amount of TV money involved but the whole neutral-venues thing is obviously causing problems. Whichever way they go, it’s going to cause problems. One things is for sure, the EFL will find it difficult to make a call until the Premier League make theirs. If the Premier League are finishing now and doing relegations, it will enable the EFL to make decisions."

"Would I accept promotion on sporting merit if the season ends now with us in second place in League One? Absolutely I would. I don’t think any manager would say they wouldn’t. That’s not me trying to take advantage of a bad situation. I think we are one of the better teams in the division. I believe promotion will end up going to a vote."

"I reckon there’s a chance the top two sides might go up and the next four sides end up being at St George’s Park or somewhere for a play-off to decide the third promotion spot. I could imagine that happening."

"If I was told now that we’re not going up and will still be in League One next year because this season is being declared void, obviously I’d be disappointed. We’ve worked since last May on this. But I understand these are crazy times."

"I understand how managers of other sides might feel differently about the current top two going up. If I was in charge of a club in fourth or fifth place I would feel frustrated. However, if my team were in, say, sixth place and, for argument’s sake, Coventry City and Portsmouth were first and second, I would vote for the top two to go up. They would be the two best sides in the league and it would give me a better chance next year to get my promoted."

"In reality it’s Coventry and us who are first and second. If other clubs didn’t vote for our promotion, I wouldn’t believe that was a sporting vote, I think I’d regard it as a bitter vote. I don’t know why you wouldn’t want the top two teams to go up."

"If, for example, you’re a manager of a midtable team in the Championship and you knew Leeds United and West Brom could go up, you’d be an idiot not to vote for that to happen. Why would you not want that to happen? You know that those two teams would probably be the best two sides the following season, particularly as there’s likely to be reduced recruitment for a while and many squads aren’t going to change a great deal."