Today we recieved the glorious news that football will be returning on September 12th, with the Premier League, and more importantly the EFL confirming the start date.
The dates laid out by the EFL in a short statement today, are that the season will start in September, and end on the weekend of the 8th and 9th, with the play-offs wrapped up by the end of May.
We will still have to wait for the fixtures, with the EFL stating that ‘Work is currently underway in respect of fixture scheduling and details will be announced in due course as to when full fixture lists for 2020/21 will be made available’. No doubt this will be due to it not being confirmed who the 24 teams will be.
So what does all this mean for Walsall? We now have 7 weeks to be ready for the season. DC confirmed last night that players are back next week in small , before they all return for training. He is very aware of the difference between matches with crowds, and matches without, and as the first few fixtures will be behind closed doors, unless anything drastically changes. DC will be focusing on 11 vs 11 matches, to get the players ready for high tempo football, without the crowds there.
It also means they have 7 weeks to complete their recruitment. DC outlined the positions, and type of players he wants to recruit, and I will look into that another time. Knowing the start date will help with budgets, meaning Pomlett will be able to more accurately give DC his transfer and wage budgets. This should help the Saddlers start with their recruitment drive.
It is a very exciting time, it almost feels like a sense of normality has resumed. However we will eagerly anticipate the news as to when fans will be able to return to games too.