Nuno Espirito Santo has opened up on his fears for football’s future should the sport be shut down again amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
Cases of the virus are increasing at an alarming rate with several high-profile fixtures having been suspended in recent weeks, with Aston Villa’s clash with Tottenham in midweek the latest Premier League clash to be rescheduled following an outbreak for the home side.
Last season’s three-month hiatus to the campaign means the current season’s schedule is incredibly congested with very few spaces for postponed fixtures, whilst the European Championships – postponed from last summer until 2021 – is also looming at the end of the season.
There is also the increasing financial threat to clubs should football be paused this season with a number of sides already struggling with a lack of match-day income, and Nuno has expressed his fears for a lasting impact should the authorities halt the sport once more.
“If we stop everything will change. A new football will come,” the Wolves boss said at his pre-match press conference ahead of their game against Everton.
“We will probably have a Super League, probably 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.”