Michael Brown has suggested Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is being too optimistic in his proposal to try and complete the Championship season.
The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the players will need more than the month-and-a-half the Leeds chief has touted when football resumes.
In an interview published in the print edition of Italian newspaper Tuttosport, as relayed by Leeds Live, Radrizzani suggested the remaining nine games could be completed in six weeks by playing Sunday and Wednesday.
He said: “With a month and a half of time you can finish [the season], even less. There are nine games you could play in June or even behind closed doors on Sunday and Wednesday, as often happens.
“The priority is to guarantee and protect the sporting outcome in respect of the fans and the investments made. We are fighting for the promotion worth more than 200 million.”
However, Brown believes the Italian is being optimistic in his assessment of the situation, suggesting the players cannot jump straight back into playing two games a week.
“He sort of say with a month and a half of time you can finish, even less, he’s obviously been quoted as, saying it’s a £200million project,” Brown told Football Insider.
“We’ve just got to be cautious of how many games in quick succession we’re going to expect the players to play. We all want the season finished, we get that.
“The longer this goes on, we’ve got to make sure the players are up to speed, they get minutes on the grass. It’s okay doing training sessions, strengthening off the pitch but it’s those minutes you might need.
“It just depends on the time scale. You might need a couple of weeks on the grass and then you’ve got to be very careful we don’t go Sunday-Wednesday, Sunday-Wednesday straight off.
“We might have to say time on the grass and then a seven-day recovery from the first time of doing that before you go into a midweek (game). I’m a big believer in that the first one is always the most fatiguing.”
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