Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder makes an important point about the Premier League's 'Project Restart'

Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder has warned his fellow managers and players at other Premier League clubs that life is never 100 per cent safe after hearing some express concerns about returning to action until a coronavirus vaccine is discovered.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 11:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 9:52 pm

Although Wilder has insisted no football or coach should be forced to return to work until they feel totally safe - “People shouldn’t be criticised. Everyone’s personal situation is different” - he insisted those who are prepared to compete next month should not be prevented from doing so either.

United were seventh in the table when the season was suspended in March because of the growing health crisis and Wilder said: “There’s always a risk. The things the experts have put in place to enable us to get back are so detailed. They’ve been brilliant and all we can do is follow their advice because they know what they’re talking about.

“Of course there’s still a risk. But there’s a risk every time you set foot outside your front door, even before this unprecedented situation happened.”

Top-flight clubs have introduced bi-weekly screening programmes at their training complexes as PL officials press ahead with plans to lift the suspension on June 12, although that date could yet be rolled back.

Strict hygiene guidelines and social distancing measures, which limit the number of people allowed on site at any one time, have also been implemented.

“There’s no other industry that’s doing the things we’re doing,” Wilder said. “Everyone is doing what they can to make things safe.”

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Richard Masters (centre) Chief Executive of the Premier League: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.