Brighton boss Graham Potter defends the Premier League for not postponing a round of fixtures amid Omicron fears… claiming clubs should ‘trust’ England top-flight
- Brighton are preparing for their Boxing Day clash with Brentford this weekend
- Seagulls boss Graham Potter has defended the league’s decision to keep playing
- Potter claims postponing a round of games creates issues further down the line
- The Brighton manager says the Premier League should be trusted in their calls
Brighton boss Graham Potter has echoed the concerns of other Premier League managers in relation to the possible postponement of fixtures over the festive period and the backlog it could have caused.
Despite Covid cases continuing to soar in this country, Premier League clubs rejected the possibility of a break in the season last week, although the decision could still be reviewed in the New Year.
One of the main issues for clubs was trying to fit the postponed fixtures into an already hectic schedule later in the year and Potter has agreed with those arguments.
Graham Potter has put his trust in the Premier League in terms of not postponing matches
The Seagulls boss has admitted he has solely focused on preparing his squad for matches
‘I’m just a head coach and I’ve got my own problems in terms of preparing the team,’ Potter claimed.
‘My only concern would be if you cancelled a round of fixtures are you pushing it back to create the problem at a later date?
‘Sometimes you have to just trust the Premier League, trust the people that are responsible for making that decision in terms of the health specialists and we just adapt and do our best.’
Another area of concern is that the league will become unbalanced with clubs having different numbers of games in hand and being forced to play several matches in short periods.
Potter says postponing matches now would just push the problem further down the line
Potter is happy to trust the guidance of health officials and the Premier League in ensuring the right decisions are made in relation to what happens next.
‘I don’t really think about it in terms of our situation necessarily because I think that’s a bit short-sighted,’ he explained.
‘You’ve got to think what’s the best thing, the right thing and the people who make that decision should be the league, should be the specialists about health because that’s what we’re talking about.
‘You’ve got to trust the integrity and trust that people are doing their best, then we try and support it and get on with it the best we can.’