Coronavirus: David Moyes wonders if Premier League rules have changed after recent fixture postponements

West Ham supervisor David Moyes wonders if Premier League rules have changed since he examined constructive for coronavirus earlier this season after a number of video games have been lately postponed.

Tottenham’s conflict with Fulham on Wednesday was the third Premier League recreation this season to be postponed as a result of virus, with Aston Villa’s match towards Newcastle earlier in December and Manchester City’s journey to Everton on Monday additionally referred to as off.

The Premier League Board finally decides whether or not matches can or can’t be postponed and whereas there usually are not exhausting and quick rules – every recreation is judged on a case-by-case foundation – the 2020/21 Premier League handbook states “permission will not be granted to postpone a league match where the applicant club has 14 or more players listed on its squad list available.”

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West Ham’s matches earlier within the marketing campaign nonetheless went forward when Moyes examined constructive together with gamers Issa Diop and Josh Cullen in September, however recent cancellations have made the Hammers boss marvel if the rules at the moment are completely different.

    “We understand and we’re not bemoaning in any way any of the games because that’s the fixtures. They didn’t stop the games when me and two players got Covid, but they’ve chosen now that it’s time they would do that,” Moyes stated.

    “I thought you had to have 14 players and the original point was to say that you would go into your academy and get players, so I don’t know if those rules have now changed.”

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    Moyes was in cost at Everton for 11 years and three months, guiding them to a fourth-placed end within the Premier League in 2005 and the 2009 FA Cup remaining, and admits he nonetheless feels one thing when he returns to Merseyside.

    “Well, I do because I think to manage any club for 11-and-a-half years, I mean I don’t know how often it will happen going forward in the future that managers will get the chance to do 11-and-a-half years at one club,” he stated.

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    Moyes was Everton supervisor for over 11 years, guiding them to a fourth-placed end within the Premier League in 2005 and the 2009 FA Cup remaining

    “But, you know, my club is now West Ham. I’m going to Goodison to win for West Ham now, that’s my job. I’ll do everything I possibly can to do it.

      “But they’re going to by no means take away my recollections, and possibly the largest is the gamers I had by way of my time there. Great gamers, nice to work with, actually good characters, and I loved my time very a lot.”

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      Moyes has handed the one-year mark throughout his second spell in cost on the London Stadium and, after being introduced in to keep away from relegation final season, West Ham at the moment sit tenth within the Premier League desk.

      Everton will probably be with out followers after Liverpool was moved from tier two to tier three of the federal government’s coronavirus restrictions from Thursday, however the Hammers boss nonetheless expects a troublesome recreation.

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      “It’s a really tough game at Goodison, it always has been. Over the years, Goodison has never been an easy place for any team to go and win,” he stated.

      “I really enjoyed having that behind me when I was there. They’ve got an exciting team, they’ve spent an awful lot of money in recent years, the owners have certainly backed the managers and given them the opportunity to bring in the players they want.

      “So that is why I feel Everton will now attempt to compete on the prime finish, so it will be a very robust recreation for us.”

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