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Walsall boss Darrell Clarke desperate to finish the season

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published:

Saddlers manager Darrell Clarke has insisted that the priority needs to be finishing the League Two season, regardless of whether supporters are allowed in.

Darrell Clarke

Fixtures are currently postponed until at least April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several non-league divisions have had their season declared null and void and although Clarke would prefer to play with fans in attendance, he believes the season must be finished in any way possible.

“I think any manager and any player will tell you that you want to play in front of a crowd but that might not be possible or plausible,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re following the advice from the health care authorities and follow the fantastic job that they’re doing.

“We need to be on the front foot with that and not looking after a load of spectators if it comes to that. We don’t know which way that is going to go – obviously we would like to play in front of a crowd but the main importance is trying to get the season finished.

“I think everyone is agreeing that that is the main priority and that is the right thing to do, whenever that may be. We have to decide when is the right time to re-commence and if we have to wait for the time where fans can come in, fine, that’s fantastic.

“You’re just hoping that everyone is staying safe and that people are looking after their loved ones. The NHS have been great and we’re all grateful, so the football, which has obviously come to a stand still, is just something that we have to accept.”

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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