Nuno Espírito Santo fears lasting damage to football if the Premier League is forced to stop again and that it would spark the formation of a Super League.
The Wolves manager is concerned for the game’s long-term future amid the coronavirus pandemic, with cases rising at an alarming rate. Aston Villa’s game with Tottenham has been postponed after an outbreak at the Midlands club, meaning Spurs host Fulham on Wednesday at short notice. Wolves take on Everton at Molineux on Tuesday.
“If we stop everything will change,” Nuno said. “A new football will come, probably with a Super League, probably with other competitions. It’ll be a matter of which clubs will survive. It’s a tough decision to make.
“I don’t know what is better. What I’m afraid of is, if the decision is to stop, football we know now will not be the same. This is my biggest fear. The schedule will go crazy and it’ll be impossible to finish the league and think about the Euros.
“We cannot move forward and go back to a normal situation. The virus and pandemic is affecting things a lot, the increase of cases is growing in a scary way. This is what my main concern is …
If you have a crisis the strong will survive – what about the rest? My personal view, when I have an awareness of what’s going around, you will not find the same model we have now.”