‘We are on the agenda to ease the pressure on politicians’: Nigel Pearson insists Premier League return is being used by the government to help themselves deal with crisis after his Watford side are hit by coronavirus
- The government have made it clear that they will back a Premier League return
- Sportsmail reported Nigel Pearson had concerns over being used as propaganda
- The Watford manager has now spoken out about his fears over Project Restart
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has made it clear that he would back the return of the Premier League and the government are set to approve contact training plans this week.
There is a hope that games could be aired on free-to-air television to help maintain support for the lockdown.
Nigel Pearson has insisted the Premier League should not return just to help the government
Boris Johnson and Co have made it clear they would back a return amid growing pressure
Sportsmail’s Sports Agenda column reported last week that Pearson had been vocal in Premier League meetings over his concerns the return of the division could be used as propaganda for the Government.
His Watford side have been hit more than others, with defender Adrian Mariappa and two staff members testing positive for coronavirus in the first round of Premier League checks.
Captain Troy Deeney has also decided not to train over the risk of contracting coronavirus. And two other players have been forced into isolation after family members caught the disease.
And now Pearson has spoken out about the risks of letting politicians push a return in an interview.
Watford defender Adrian Mariappa tested positive for coronavirus in the first round of checks
Speaking to talkSPORT, Pearson said: ‘There are certain things we have to be patient with because what I wouldn’t want to see or what I really don’t want to be pushed into is having to meet a timetable where it fits with politicians rather than what’s right for the sport.
‘That’s where I am… I’ve said what I think over the last week or so, and I certainly stand by that now having heard the government talking about it again this week.
‘It is very clear that we are very much on the agenda to ease the pressure on them somewhat.
‘My focus is just very much on making sure that safety and wellbeing of my players, my staff, my colleagues that I work with, that they’re safe.’
Captain Troy Deeney has also sat out from training due to his concerns over the risks