All football in the UK has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II this weekend and many have been affected.
All football matches in the UK have been postponed this weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Sporting authorities have been given a chance to decide whether to play, and the Football Association, Premier League and FA confirmed on Friday that all matches would be cancelled.
While many questioned the decision, there is no doubt that it will have a negative impact on many clubs’ players and coaches.
Regardless of the circumstances, there will be some who will be able to take advantage of the weekend break, while for others it will be an unfortunate interruption.
analyzes those most affected by the shutdown and why…
Having been officially confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager on Thursday, Potter was certainly looking forward to starting his new job in the London classic against Fulham.
However, a few extra days in training camp will likely help him adjust to his new role, meet his new team and come up with some new ideas for a team that has lost three of its last five games.
Potter will now make his Champions League debut against Red Bull Salzburg in a must-win game for Chelsea after losing against Dinamo Zagreb.
Depending on whether the games go ahead next weekend, their first Premier League game could also be against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. So extra preparation for an important meeting will be beneficial.
While the break may help to reframe Chelsea’s form, the opposite is true for Arsenal, who have made a brilliant start to the season.
Last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United was poor, but there were still plenty of positives in the way Mikel Arteta’s side performed at Old Trafford, and the early-season leaders will be desperate to return to the Premier League to right the wrongs shown.
And with close rivals Manchester City and Tottenham set to meet at the Etihad Stadium, it would be a good chance to extend their lead over one or both.
With an injury crisis and defensive issues, the weekend could help Liverpool after a crazy start to the season.
Liverpool’s injury list is one of the longest in the Premier League, but Klopp has at least welcomed Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota back into the squad in recent days and could give them extra time to be fully fit for the upcoming games.
Klopp questioned the “attitude” of his players on the opening day of the season and could use this unexpected lull to spark a revival.
With Potter gone, it may be a relief that Brighton have extra time to find a replacement.
An interim management team, which included experienced midfielder Adam Lallana, was set to take charge for the trip to Bournemouth, but after a remarkable start that saw them climb to fourth in the Premier League, it would be a disappointment to be ill-prepared for the game. that they hope to take the three points.
Next weekend’s game against Crystal Palace has already been postponed due to the rail strike, meaning the Seagulls have until after the international break to organize a fixture before the next game.
English clubs’ European rivals
There are some exciting European fixtures involving English clubs in midweek, including Manchester City’s clash with Borussia Dortmund and Ajax visiting Anfield to face Liverpool.
But while teams from across the continent continued to play at the weekend, Premier League teams were able to rest and therefore could be much more dangerous when the ball gets rolling again.
Premier League clubs are likely to lose a bit of momentum, but given the hectic nature of the football calendar, a few extra recovery days are likely to be a big plus for English teams.
Brighton and Crystal Palace fans
While Brighton may be happy to have more time to organize the coaching staff, fans are facing an extended opening without football.
The derby between the two sides, scheduled for September 17, was postponed earlier in the week due to rail strikes.
With neither side playing in Europe and an international break on the horizon, both teams must now wait until October 1 for their next Premier League games.
That means fans won’t be able to see their team in action for around a month, and that’s a six-week break for the World Cup later in the year as well.
Two weeks after Bournemouth sacked Scott Parker, the Cherries are yet to name a permanent manager.
O’Neill is in caretaker charge and has guided the team to four points in their last two games, a goalless draw at home to Wolves and an impressive comeback in a 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest.
It’s an impressive turnaround after Liverpool’s 9-0 humiliation and could see the 39-year-old considered for the job permanently.
A home game with a Brighton side in administrative disarray could have given them the chance to press ahead with their claim, but they must now start preparing for the long trip north to face Newcastle.
While football quickly canceled all matches following the Queen’s death, other sports chose not to follow suit.
Among them was cricket, with a Test match between England and South Africa able to provide an emotional tribute.
The Queen’s favorite sport, horse racing, also continued, as did the major events of golf, rugby union and rugby league.
The decision to postpone the calendar was a big football own goal, and the decision to cancel the youth games was received with utter bewilderment.