Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and West Brom boss Sam Allardyce have very different opinions on a proposed Premier League circuit breaker.
Allardyce has voiced support for a break as the number of positive coronavirus tests continued to rise.
A report in The Daily Telegraph said representatives of some top-flight clubs had proposed a two-week ‘cooling off’ period, and Allardyce insisted it was the “right thing” to cope with the outbreak.
Speaking after his side’s 5-0 home defeat to Leeds which left them next to bottom in the table, former England boss Allardyce, 66, said: “Everyone’s safety is more important than anything else.
“When I listen to the news the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus we can only do the right thing which is have a circuit break.
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do it catch Covid. I’m very concerned for myself and football in general. If that’s what needs to be done we need to do it.
“We had one positive this week and it seems to be creeping around no matter how hard we try.”
However, Solskjaer, whose men sit second, just two points behind Liverpool, questioned the need for a break after the 1-0 win over Wolves.
Solskjaer insisted his club are successfully following the required protocols and said: “It’s not something I’ve thought about a lot. I think our players have been really good in following protocols and rules.
“I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit breaker or whatever it is going to be called. When are we going to play the games?
“We all know it’s so difficult this year but if you just stop more games I don’t think that’s going to make a big, big change.”
Manchester City’s trip to Everton on Monday was postponed hours before kick-off due to multiple positive cases. While Aston Villa vs Newcastle was called off earlier this month after the Magpies were hit by the virus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it is a matter for football authorities along with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to decide on what measures should be taken.
Solskjaer’s opposite number Nuno Espirito Santo said everyone was “worried” about the situation.
“I am just hearing this. I can’t say too much but the rising of cases is huge all over the country. We are privileged because we live in a bubble and sometimes it’s impossible to control all the situations,” Nuno said.
“All managers understand that situation is unprecedented so we are reacting to situations like this every day. Every time there is a test you are worried, when you hear cases are rising you are worried. Everyone is worried.”
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