Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Alan Hutton claims it is “impossible” for the Premier League to return before the end of June after Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce urged the resumption date to be pushed back.

The former Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that players will be “nowhere near” the required levels of fitness were football to kick back off in the next month.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Bruce claimed that the Premier League should return at the end of June at the earliest, warning that players would “fall down like a pack of cards” if they were not given adequate time to prepare.

Hutton has backed his former manager’s proposal for the Premier League to push back their restart date of June 12th, insisting that players would still struggle after six weeks training.

Asked if he agreed with Bruce’s suggestion of a late-June restart, Hutton told Football Insider: “Oh yeah, at the earliest. I think it’s impossible, more or less impossible, to start around the 12th June, impossible.

“I mean, if you’re looking at it, it stopped in March, there is no way that you can have a couple of weeks training and be at a level to compete against some of the best players in the world. It’s not a switch, you can’t just turn it on and off.

“That’s like having a summer holiday off and while you might keep yourself fit throughout, you’re nowhere near the level you need to be. It takes a pre-season, five or six warm-up games. It’s impossible.

“To factor in you have to play 10 games in a short period of time, you’re going to pick up niggly injuries, serious injuries, it’s so difficult. Even the end of June, people are going to feel the strain of playing that quickly.” 

The last Premier League game before the shutdown saw Leicester City thrash Aston Villa 4-0 at the King Power Stadium on March 9.

Newcastle’s last match saw Bruce’s men pick up a 1-0 win against a 10-man Southampton side, with Allan Saint-Maximin netting the winner.

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