Steve Bruce has revealed he is prepared to cram games into an action-packed May and June in order for the Premier League to be completed.
With a host of non-league seasons thrown into the trash can of football history, the Premier League’s fate remains undecided, although sources close to top-flight chiefs insist the 2019/20 campaign will have a conclusion.
Suggestions of playing games behind closed doors at neutral venues have been discussed in the past week or so.
Newcastle United manager Bruce said today: “We have to try to get this season finished, whatever that takes.
“Everybody wants that.
“But we must also remember that the health and safety of players and staff is far more important than football.”
Bruce stated to the Chronicle last week that a pre-season style reboot would be required for his squad if the season gets back under way.
Now speaking to the Telegraph, Bruce said: “We should not return to training until it is absolutely safe to do so.
“We can have a Festival of Football month, games every day, teams playing two or three games a week.
“It’s not ideal, but if we can play 10 to 15 games in December and the start of January, we can do it to get this season finished.”
Such a possibility would see the 2020/21 season pushed back until late September or October.
Bruce said: “It probably means the start of next season will be delayed, we’ll probably have to scrap one of the cup competitions and do without a winter break, but it can be done.
“Whatever, however, we will find a way.”