WEST HAM vice-chairperson Karren Brady showed her true colours by calling for the Premier League to be declared null and void amid this horrendous coronavirus crisis.
No one in Liverpool will have read her grubby little column as the paper she writes for hasn’t been purchased on Merseyside for more than 30 years, but everyone saw through her comments.
For a boss of a club sitting near the bottom of the Premier League to declare the season should be voided just 24 hours after all matches were suspended amid the biggest health disaster of our lifetime was pretty low, but I’m sure she won't get her way.
This Premier League season has to finish and the vibes coming from the big-wigs who run the game in recent days suggest it will.
Those at the top of the English game are earning ridiculous amounts of money and now they have to come up with a solution to a crisis that has put the game in England into real peril on so many levels.
Imagine if Sky Sports turn around and say they are not paying any more cash over until the matches start again.
And what happens if we don’t get the games back under way before what is due to be the start of next season?
They are questions that will be debated by the Premier League clubs when they meet tomorrow and the overriding desire for everyone in that room should be to try and get this season finished first.
Put your petty agendas to one side and let’s look at what matters here; the integrity of our game is on the line and we can’t just write off this season and pretend it never happened.
Not for one second would I want to belittle the seriousness of this situation, as we are all worried for ourselves and our families, but Covid-19 is not going to result in the end of the world and at some point, we need to try and piece things back together.
Sporting withdrawal symptoms are nothing compared to what some people are going through, but we have to think about what happens next and the game has to find a way to come back at some point.
I’m sure you were, like me, wondering what to do with your time as last weekend ticked by and we had no Premier League matches.
The fact that we didn’t have any golf, GAA or anything else to enjoy made it feel even more strange and we have to have hope in all our hearts that this crisis can be controlled by the governments who are there to look after us and that it will end at some point.
With Euro 2020 moved, there has to be a hope that we can get the club matches back under way this summer and the period of June and July could be the time to play the outstanding fixtures.
Never mind that Liverpool are chasing just two wins to wrap up the Premier League title, as there is so much more at stake than just the battle at the top of the table.
What do you say to Leeds and West Brom as they look to get promotion, with the hundreds of millions of pounds at stake for both?
Then you have the issues at the bottom of the table.
Clubs would have legal claims if they stopped the league now and three teams were relegated, so there is no simple solution here.
One idea I have had is that this season should be finished, even if that means moving the start date of next season back.
Just because the season is meant to start in the second week of August doesn’t mean it has to.
We have ripped up everything to try and fit the 2022 World Cup in Qatar into the schedule, so let’s change things around now to make this work for all.
Maybe have a 20-game season next year, with the top ten from this season playing against each other and a separate league for the bottom half teams.
If there was a reduction in the number of Premier League matches next season, the games could be played relatively quickly and we could still fit in the FA Cup, League Cup and all the European games and get back on track for the 2021/22 campaign.
It’s a bit radical, I agree, but we need to think out of the box now because in these horrible times football and sport as a whole need to come back into our lives as quickly as possible to give us all some hope.