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Bills Bulletin

Bill’s bulletin: not normal times

Normally on a Friday I catch up with John and Hak after first team training to chat about tomorrow’s opposition, how we’ll set up etc.

But these are not normal times and the way of life many of us have perhaps taken for granted has come to a grinding halt.

Yesterday the Premier League and EFL suspended matches until 30th April. We can only assume the National League and other leagues will follow.

Even if, and that’s a major if, it restarts on the 30th, that is five days after the league season was due to finish and 48 hours before most non-league player contracts expire.

It is going to take some decisive leadership from football’s governing bodies, as the future of clubs up and down the country rests on their every move. This is uncharted territory, so it’s going to take a collective effort to see the game through and out the other side.

The impact on our club is one thing, it will be significant and we’re doing all we can to mitigate it. But there is also a knock on to our supply chain, many of whom would have had a part to play in tomorrow’s match.

We are all hoping the Government’s advice and interventions come at the right time to safeguard us all, as much as possible.

I will be catching up with John and Hak over the weekend. All the playing staff and management have been at home this week, so we need to firm up some plans for what we do next, but it goes without saying that health and well-being will be uppermost in our minds.

This weekend will be spent in a way none of us thought possible just a month ago. Please continue to follow all the guidance that’s out there and look out for one another.

To end, thank you once again to all those involved on the frontline at the moment. Having seen a report from Italy on Sky News earlier, it brings home the enormity of the pressure that must be facing our health and other public services at this time.

Keep safe.

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