Restart date set is de­layed

Burton Mail - - Sport -

BUR­TON Al­bion and their League One ri­vals look set to be kept wait­ing for news of when next sea­son will start.

Clubs were hope­ful that a restart date would be es­tab­lished this week, ea­ger for clar­ity as they look to put re­cruit­ment and pre-sea­son plans in place.

Meet­ings were ini­tially sched­uled for this week but Peter­bor­ough United di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry has now con­firmed that these have been post­poned un­til July 24.

Two pro­vi­sional start dates – Au­gust 29 and Septem­ber 12 – have been put to clubs, while there are also plans in place to be­gin the sea­son with a Carabao Cup tie.

But Fry has con­firmed it will be an­other two weeks un­til there is clar­ity on which start date has been se­lected.

He told the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph: “It’s in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing but we’ve now been told we won’t hear any­thing about a start date un­til July 24. The Premier League and the FA are still talk­ing with the EFL about cups and all sorts.

“It’s driv­ing our man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son up the wall as he can’t plan prop­erly for next sea­son. It can’t start any later than Septem­ber 12 or we’ll never get the fix­tures in. If we start on Septem­ber 12 it will be six months be­tween com­pet­i­tive matches for us.”

Portsmouth look set to lose star man Ro­nan Cur­tis.

The News claim that Cur­tis is one of the names be­ing eyed by Brent­ford as a con­tin­gency plan if Said Ben­rahma de­parts this sum­mer.

There is an ex­pec­ta­tion that the Bees will be able to re­tain Ben­rahma if they can gain pro­mo­tion to the Premier League but al­ter­na­tives are be­ing eyed in case the ex­cit­ing at­tacker is lured away this sum­mer.

Barry Fry

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