Premier League decide first fixture but Jose Mourinho delays restart

The Spurs boss believes players need four full weeks of training before playing again (Picture: Getty)

Premier League bosses want to restart the season with a Friday night clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, though their plans have been pushed back after an intervention from Jose Mourinho.

Even though all 20 clubs are yet to agree on the campaign restarting, the Premier League are pushing ahead with their plans for ‘Project Restart’ and have already devised a timetable for how the season can be concluded.

With an emphasis on football returning to ‘boost the morale of the nation’, there has been pressure on the league to make all 92 remaining matches available on television.

Marcus Rashford put on a masterclass the last time United and Spurs faced off (Picture: Getty)

According to The Daily Mail, league bosses intend to have a bonanza of football every weekend, with matches staggered across Saturday and Sunday and sandwiched in between Monday and Friday night games.

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To kick off the resumption of the season, a Friday night clash between Manchester United and Tottenham has been earmarked as the first fixture of the abridged end to the campaign – a fixture which was due to be played on the weekend the Premier League was suspended.

The match will of course be played at Spurs’ state-of-the-art new stadium, sans fans, after clubs rebelled against plans to play at neutral venues and the police green lit their desire to continue playing at their usual stadiums.

Although the Premier League had been targeting a start date of Friday June 12, that will now likely be pushed back to June 19 after Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho shared his concerns regarding the plans at a meeting between managers on Wednesday.

Head coaches from all clubs joined a video call to discuss the potential timetable, which would see players return to action in a month after several weeks of phased training.

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But, according to The Mirror, Mourinho insisted that players need at least a month to prepare for a return to action after seven weeks off.

He was not a solitary voice of dissent, either, with several of his colleagues backing him up including Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Premier League’s medical officer, Mark Gillett, was also on the call, along with the UK government’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van Tam, and although all the managers want to return to playing they will not do so until their safety and the safety of their players has been guaranteed.

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