WE need to turn next season's Champions League and Europa League into straight knockout competitions in a bid to get the European football calendar back on track after the coronavirus crisis.
hile I'm sure that suggestion would send a shiver of fear down the spine of UEFA officials at a time when they are still pushing all domestic leagues to get finished by June 30, I believe this is one of many solutions that could get the game back on its feet.
Who cares if the new Premier League season is supposed to start in the second week of August? That is just a date in the diary and it can be moved very easily.
They moved the Olympic Games in recent days and Euro 2020 has been pushed forward a year, so the ideas that all domestic leagues need to be finished by June 30th because UEFA are demanding that is madness.
Amid the current nightmare that we are all caught up in, it doesn't matter when next season gets underway and the same goes for next season's Champions League and Europa League competitions, as they can also have a later start.
The priority has to be getting this campaign done by whatever means possible and the last thing the game needs, in what is the biggest crisis it has faced in modern times, is UEFA putting pressure on to get matches played by a set deadline.
England's Premier League clubs have made it clear that they intend to get this season finished, but UEFA could be the ones that end up throwing a spanner into that plan if the current football shut-down continues into the summer.
After the Premier League confirmed they would extend this campaign 'indefinitely', it appears there is a collective will to conclude what we have started.
For me, UEFA officials need to calm down a little and look at the bigger picture in what are unprecedented times for the world.
With so many parts of Europe now in a terrible state as this enemy eats away at every part of our lives, the needs of football are not a top priority for any national governments.
Spain and Italy are two of the hardest-hit countries amid the pandemic and there has been talk in recent days that Serie A will not finish and the clubs will have to find a way to draw a line under the season.
So if we get to a point where Spain, Italy, Germany and France end their season without playing another game, the Premier League will be under pressure to follow that lead – yet it doesn't need to get to that.
If this season was six games old and this evil Covid-19 hit the world, maybe there would be a case to say we start all over again when it is safe to do so.
Yet, it is not just Liverpool's coronation as Premier League champions that is on the line here as with 75 per cent of the season done, there has been so much sweat and tears poured in the opening 29 rounds of matches that it cannot be erased from history.
The suggestion in recent days has been that we could look to play matches (probably behind closed doors) in June, which would mean the English season would finish in mid-July and we could look to push the start date of next season back or even reduce the number of games in that competition.
This has to be viewed as an ideal scenario as it would mean we have got some control over this virus by either finding drugs that work to fight it or the development of a vaccine comes along quicker than anyone expected.
Please God that is the case, but if we don't get a chance to play football again until later in the year, then so be it.
This crisis is more significant than anything we have faced in all our lives and we have to make sure we are not put in a position where we are trying to rush back into action due to the pressure to get the season done.
Instead of piling the pressure on national associations to get the season finished in the hope that they can play the Champions League and Europa League finals before starting the next competition on schedule, UEFA needs to be inventive to get the game back on track.
That's why I am suggesting that they should consider changing the format of their two main competitions for one season and turning them into straight knockout events.
If we got rid of the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League and turned it into a straight knockout competition, as it was in the formative days of the competition, I believe it would be a great spectacle.
We could still have a seeding system to ensure the top clubs are kept apart in the early stages and I think it would make for better viewing than watching second-rate teams playing in a league they cannot cope with.
The return of football will lift us all as we try and get back on our feet after this horror show we are all living through, so let's not put time limits on when this season ends or what happens after that.