Burnley boss Sean Dyche discusses the Premier League 'World Cup'-type proposal to complete the season

Although Sean Dyche acknowledges there are bigger issues at present, he is hopeful the authorities can find a way to play out the remainder of the Premier League season.
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The Independent reported on Sunday night that a plan has been drawn up to potentially play all the remaining 92 Premier League games behind closed doors between June and July in a "World Cup-style" event, which would be televised.

The idea is that teams could be based in isolated training camps, although there are obvious complications, such as how injuries could be treated with the NHS already stretched.

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The league is expected to push back the current proposed restart date of April 30th - with Burnley's return to training, pencilled in for April 6th, being pushed back.

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And Dyche said of the latest proposal: "I think the think tanks of football are working overtime to look at how it can be done.

"The thing that is sometimes forgotten is the social, feelgood factor of football - you probably realise how big it is when it's complete shutdown, and you haven't got other sports of course.

"I know it shuts down in the summer, but you move on to other sports then.

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"When the other sports are not there, you realise how big it is.

"Then, of course, the revenue side of things - it brings enormous revenue into the country as well, so, at a time when the government are going to need that revenue, I think that's a factor as well.

"That's not as important, obviously, as what's going on, but it's still there."

He added: "I think if they can find a format that can work, then I think they will be open-minded to attempt to find a format, depending on the government guidelines.

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"In theory, there are all kinds of ideas, but you still need an area...for example, if you used Wembley Stadium, and the hotels around Wembley, you'd still need to quarantine the areas, but there is a chance, in principle.

"But in actual terms of doing it, then I would imagine logistically it is a big job to do, and how they stream it, get it out there...

"What you could do is if you based it around one stadium, you could play two or three games a day over a couple of weeks.

"I think they'll attempt to find different ways of making something work, but government guidelines are still the main thing."

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Dyche would ideally like the season to be completed, but only if it fits into the government guidelines: "As long as it's done with the guidelines necessary, first and foremost.

"Football is massive, but not compared to what's going on, the reality.

"I think, as long as it can be done in a way people can buy into and want, then I think it's a good thing.

"If it gets in the way, we don't need any negatives at the minute, that's for sure.

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"So as long as there's an agreed format and everyone buys into it, I think it's a good thing, because football is a big thing, it still gives people that sporting relief they're not getting at the minute."

The alternative could mean the season being terminated and all results expunged, which would leave any number of winners and losers.

While there are far bigger concerns at present, Liverpool's first title since 1990 could be at risk, while what happens to the sides currently in the bottom three?

Dyche himself passed 50 Premier League wins in December at Bournemouth, while Nick Pope's league-leading clean sheets tally could be chalked off, without even getting into appearances, goals and assists.

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Dyche isn't overly concerned about any of that at the moment, however: "We're talking about the cost of life, and that's a whole different ball game, Bill Shankly once said it's not life or death, it's more important than that, I know it's a throwaway line, but it's not.

"If you cut away from that, it still has its importance in society, and that is part of it.

"The idea of the details behind it, what can you do? It's not just sport, it's all kinds of working life and achievements.

"The good, bad and indifferent of life are all being parked at the minute, so who knows how that will all unfold?

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"But I don't think it's too high on anyone's list at the moment, things like strikers goals being chalked off, or things like that.

"The big stuff, who wins the Premier League, I think that has it's case, but the individual stuff is a bit different, I think people would park all that for everything going back to some form of normal."