Brakes boss: ‘we’re prepared to wait’

Leamington boss Paul Holleran is in it for the long haul as the National League starts its coronavirus-enforced break.

Thursday, 19th March 2020, 11:34 am
Paul Holleran says it is a waiting game for players and staff at the club

The National League announced on Monday that it would be suspending games until April 3, becoming one of the last leagues in the country to call a temporary halt to proceedings.

It followed on from their controversial decision to go ahead with last weekend’s schedule which saw 23 games played across the three divisions.

Brakes’ home clash with Kidderminster was a late call-off, with the decision not announced until Saturday morning.

And while the hosts have been reluctant to comment on the reasoning behind the postponement, Holleran says the club is entirely in the hands of the decision-makers at the league.

“The only thing we can do is follow the guidelines and be ready to start again in April,” he said. “I know it looks doubtful but all we can do is follow what we are told.

“We have told the players to stay away and keep themselves ticking over.

“With all the sports being cancelled in April and May it doesn’t take a genius to work out we are not going to be playing any time soon.

“It keeps changing but we’ll probably know a little more in the next seven to ten days.”

Leamington have suspended all activity at the club until April 3, from training and social events at the ground to grassroots activities within the community and Holleran says it is the responsibility of everyone at the club to think of how their actions might affect others.

“We are trying to follow the guidelines. You’ve got to trust people to work to them.

“I don’t think the players are a massive concern [when it comes to the effects of coronavirus] but when you have 20-30 people at training and then they go into another environment then it becomes a problem, you have parents and grandparents.

“There’s more to worry about than football. We can all cope without football for a couple of months.”