Veteran coach worries about his own health as virus cases start to rise again
West Brom Manager Sam Allardyce has urged the Premier League to make a ‘blackout’ after a recent spike in Covid-19 cases.
Another 18 cases of the virus have been reported by the competition Tuesday following suspension of Manchester City clash with Everton just 24 hours earlier due to an outbreak of disease.
Allardyce, who saw his side lose 5-0 to Leeds United on Tuesday, believes that the Premier League must soon take drastic measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
“I am very concerned about myself and football in general,” Allardyce said after Leeds’ loss.
“Everyone’s safety is more important than anything else. When I listen to the news that the variant of the virus spreads faster than the original virus, we can only do the right thing, which is to have a blackout.
“I’m 66 and the last thing I want to do is catch Covid.
“Even though we are tested – we had a positive result this week – it seems to be creeping. No matter how hard we try, no matter how many times we are tested, how we wear our masks, how we sanitize our hands, we are still catching a lot of infections across the country.
“If that helps [a circuit break], let’s do it and let the season extend a little longer. “
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo also backed Allardyce’s suggestion and claimed that a suspension from competition may soon be impossible to avoid.
“The rise in cases is increasing massively across the country and we are no exception,” Nuno said after seeing his team lose 1-0 to Manchester United Tuesday.
“Some things are impossible to avoid. If there is a break coming, then people have to sit down and see if it is for the best.”
Lower leagues in England are also struggling to cope with an increase in coronavirus cases with seven Ligue 1 games postponed Tuesday.