Hibs manager Jack Ross has said when we exit the football shutdown, we must have all 42 professional clubs intact.
The SPFL is currently on an indefinite hiatus as the world battles a global health pandemic. Many are accepting that the wait for football will go beyond the April 30 return date that is currently billed.
Initially pining for a completion of the league season, Hibs’ boss has had a change of heart. Ross now just wants everyone to survive this unfavorable ordeal.
“If you’d asked me initially when we had the shutdown, my overwhelming preference would have been to finish the season,” Ross told BT Sport. “We still had a lot to play for although we weren’t in any trouble at the wrong end of the table. That would’ve been every player, manager, coach, analyst’s preference.
“As time’s gone on, and we’ve understood the potential challenges, views change. I think one thing we need to make sure of is that, when we come out the other side of this, and hopefully we do get a return to playing football, is that we have the 42 professional clubs still here to do so.
“A big part of that is the prize money offered to clubs due to where they finish in their respective divisions and that can’t happen until the season’s concluded so that is probably the biggest challenge that lies ahead.”
Essential to get clubs through this
The conversation has changed a bit with regards to 2019/20 conclusion. Initially clubs wanted to get the ball rolling again ASAP but the situation has escalated.
As it’s developed, football won’t be back for months. Clubs aren’t worrying about this season now, they are worrying about whether they’ll be around for the next one in some cases.
Ross clearly has a sense of that as he hopes for better days in Scottish football and around the world.