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Boss on training ground protocols

24 May 2020

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Chris Wilder remains confident Premier League action will resume in the near future, especially if everyone follows United's example of following strict protocols set out by the Premier League, following the return to training of top-flight clubs.

Speaking about staff and players testing, in addition to health and safety measures in place at the Blades Shirecliffe training HQ, Wilder has praised the 'discipline' of his players and those involved in day-to-day scheduling.

He remarked: "There's a confidentiality agreement in that, so we're following protocol and data protection. From our point of view, we're sticking with the protocol that the Premier League have set out, in terms of guidelines, when we return to training.

"You wouldn't believe the amount of details that the Premier League have gone into, by the doctors, advisors, then rolling into the football clubs, to the medical staff, physios, where to park, the flow of everything, so we minimise the contact and we are continuously disciplined in our approach.

"Probably the safest (training ground). That's what we've been told and that's what we're trying to set up in terms of the testing, in terms of individual responsibility that nobody can break the chain because we all want it to work.

"The impact that it will have and the financial impact as well if we didn't restart this season and I've always said, I've had a unique insight at every level and I know that it doesn't just stay with the Premier League, it stays with everyone down the pyramid.

"This is the reason we want it back, the reason we go through all the protocols and the players are so disciplined not to put anybody at risk and if there is anybody that contracts the virus then they will undergo a 14-day quarantine. I know the players are tuning into message they have been given to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible."

Meanwhile, Wilder has reiterated the point he has made on several occasions previously in recent weeks, that the 'priority' is a return of Premier League action when it is 'safe and healthy'.

And the Blades chief felt those sentiments were being echoed following a call between the managers earlier this month.

He continued: "We had one last week (a call). There might be a perception of us being football driven, but we have got questions to ask the Premier League, the doctors and the experts. We're listening to experts and the call that we had was brilliant from my point of view with the information that I received.

"The media coverage that came out that it was split, that's not the feeling I had about it and my call to the LMA the day after was not the feeling they had. There might a couple of people that have fears and questions to be answered like we have talked about, there might be a couple of managers asking the same questions. For me, the attitude is to get it back, getting back to work and getting back playing.

"I think there are different agendas and that's the way of life, that people will look after their own football clubs. I think that's being honest and realistic.

"It's understandable and it has come out that there are different views and I think that's an inevitable situation. We're all on the same page that when it is safe to do so and healthy (to return) that's the priority."

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