Premier League only likely to return in mid-October, says Henry Winter

Could the Premier League restart in mid-July?

On Sunday, some of the tabloid press in England peddled the suggestion that the Premier League could restart in mid-July.

The Express ran with that optimistic story on the back page of their Sunday edition.

Reporter Jim Holden wrote in the Express:

Premier League clubs will begin planning this week for what is now the likely option for finishing the current season, that remaining matches are played behind closed doors – from some point in May towards an end date of July 14.

All 20 clubs are in agreement they want to complete, if possible, the 38-game season which has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Henry Winter: ‘Premier League return in mid-October’

Times journalist Henry Winter, though, has poured cold water on that possible mid-July restart date on Sky’s “Sunday Supplement” Show.

Henry Winter believes that the Premier League is unlikely to restart until mid-October. He said:

[Restarting the league in July] is simply not going to happen.

This colleague that I know at the NHS says it’s wishful thinking to even consider playing [football] before the middle of October.

So what’s going to happen?

As confirmed by Sky Sports’ Bryan Swanson, no decision on when the Premier League will restart is likely before April 3rd.

That’s the date of the next scheduled meeting of the Premier League clubs.

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