'Very Unusual' - Exclusive: Brown reveals player concerns after chat with senior staff
Former Leeds United midfielder Michael Brown has revealed the complexities of clubs trying to keep players fit during the shutdown of the Championship.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Premier League star lifted the lid on conversations he has had with staff over how they are managing the squad’s fitness levels during what are unprecedented times.
The top four tiers of English football have been suspended amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Football Insider revealing that clubs will not be allowed to return to training until April 14 at the very earliest in line with the UK-wide lockdown.
This comes after Football Insider revealed the campaign is unlikely to resume before June 1.
Brown has revealed that behind-the-scenes staff are facing a dilemma in how to manage the players’ fitness programs while they train at home.
Asked if he was worried about the Leeds players’ fitness levels dropping, Brown told Football Insider: “I was speaking to someone in a fellow Championship club and the loading of the players and what they’re finding difficult is what programme to give them.
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“Initially they’re sort of saying we’re coming to the back end of the season so they’re a little bit tired so initially we can rest that and give them a little bit of a top-up.
“But when you go after two weeks you need to start saying it’s an off-season plan, we need to start building up the volume because if we’re pushed back quite quickly the volume’s got to be in there in the legs.
“It’s a tricky one where you take the rest to actually getting the loading back up to starting again – that’s the key at what they’ve got to have to get right. The sports scientists are great but they’ve got to be careful for long. It’s such a very unusual situation.”
Leeds currently sit one point clear at the top of the Championship with one game left to play.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed the Whites have been hit with a double transfer blow.