Newcastle boss Eddie Howe believes uncertainty over whether or not groups could also be playing towards opponents with Covid-19 creates a “dangerous playing field”.
Earlier this week, Howe questioned the integrity of the Premier League with the weekend’s schedule decimated by Covid circumstances.
Newcastle’s match at residence to Manchester City is presently going forward as deliberate, however there have been six postponements within the prime tier this weekend.
Howe reiterated his perception to Sky Sports that integrity should be an element when contemplating whether or not to pursue with a depleted schedule, and added his issues over how secure a match that goes forward could be.
“I think health and safety is the first [concern],” he mentioned. “Everyone’s particular person lives matter, we’ve to place that on the forefront of the whole lot. After that, I believe the integrity of the competitors is essential, since you do not wish to see disparity in video games.
“You do not wish to see some individuals playing with Covid circumstances [in their squad] and a few groups not, that is an uneasy feeling for me.
“At the second we’re Covid-free and we wish to play, however we do not wish to play in an surroundings the place the opposite crew may need Covid circumstances and never concentrate on it. It creates a dangerous playing field for all groups.
“I know it’s not ideal. The situation in the country is far from ideal, and we’re still finding out about the variant, so I’m not saying there’s an ideal answer, but I do think the integrity of the competition needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds.”
Asked about his fears the league may grind to a halt, Howe added: “It’s easy to say what I don’t want, but very difficult to say ‘we should do this’. We want the games to continue, the league to be finished, the supporters to enjoy football, to do it in a safe way.
“I’m not saying it is a straightforward determination for the Premier League or anybody related with the decision-making course of, however well being and security on the forefront of everybody’s minds and a good competitors.”
Looking forward to the January switch window, Howe mentioned a few elements may make signings troublesome, however pressured the membership are searching for options of their bid to beat the drop.
Howe mentioned: “A good window for us looks like a stronger squad than when we started the transfer window, but that doesn’t give any guarantees.
“We’re doing the work behind the scenes. I nonetheless suppose the squad we’ve is the largest energy we’ve within the combat towards relegation, but when we will discover a few options and make the crew stronger we’ll actually look to do this.
“There are a few challenges we face. Availability – will they come with our current league position, which is a concern, and January is notoriously very difficult. They are the challenges we’ll work under but we’ll do our best to find a solution.”