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Artell: "We Will Give Ourselves The Best Chance Of Getting Off To A Good Start"

13 July 2020

Boss on a possible return to non-contact training in readiness for new season.

David Artell has told the club’s official website that his pre-season preparation for the new season is having to be thought way outside of the box due to the global pandemic. The Alex boss is hoping that football in the lower leagues of the EFL can resume at the of August, beginning of September and for him the fixtures cannot come around quickly enough after football was suspended back in March.

The Crewe Alexandra boss told us: “I would play tomorrow if we could but we cannot and I don’t know any definite dates. They have suggested the 29th August or the 12th September because the 5th is an International date.

“All we can do is work towards those proposed dates and work our pre-season around that. It has to be totally different.

“When the players come back into training they will be tested. There will be no-contact training at first and then groups of three contact training. All the the running and passing drills.

“Then we are told it will go from 3 to 5 to 12 up to the beginning of August and then hopefully the EFL guidelines will be relaxed a bit.

He added: “The club are spending more than a few bob on testing for the players and staff but we feel that gives us the best chance.”


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