The Premier League’s 20 clubs are to meet on Monday in the hope of agreeing to continue the season as normal.
Five of this weekend’s ten Premier League games have already been postponed due to a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases at several clubs.
The Daily Telegraph report that shareholders will convene on Monday in the hope of agreeing to continue the campaign as opposed to introducing a circuit-breaker shutdown.
Most Premier League clubs are against pausing the season but those hit hardest by outbreaks are not necessarily against a stoppage.
There is growing frustration from the top brass that managers are publicly expressing annoyance at a lack of understanding over the precedent of postponing games for Covid-related reasons when it was explained to and voted on by each club before the season began.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has outwardly spoken in favour of players and staff getting vaccinated and receiving booster shots, said after the Reds’ win against Newcastle on Thursday that he would prefer for the season to continue.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish similarly supported the continuation of the league on Friday morning.
Klopp and Parish’s comments followed those of Brentford head coach Thomas Frank, who was insistent on Thursday morning that a circuit-breaker is needed to give clubs a chance to ‘break the chain’.
“We think we should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend,” Frank said prior to half of the games being called off, including Brentford’s trip to Southampton.
“Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and having problems.
“To postpone this round and also the Carabao Cup round would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.”