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The boss on "crazy week" at Millwall

Hear from the manager...

19 March 2020

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It's safe to say that football is experiencing unprecedented times at the moment - but Millwall boss Gary Rowett is trying to make the best of a bad situation at Calmont Road.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has completely closed down English football until 30th April 2020 at the earliest, with The Lions currently training on a four-day on/four-day off schedule until further notice.

With the situation changing daily, Millwall's plans could alter at any moment - but for now, the boss and his first-team squad are doing all they can to maintain fitness levels.

"It's been a crazy week for everybody, not just here but up and down the country and around the world," Rowett told millwallfc.co.uk. "Nothing and no one prepares you for something like this; you've got to make decisions which you think are sensible from a sporting point of view.

"We're in an elite sport, so we've got to try and maintain the fitness of the players, but we've also got to look what is safe for them and their families."

The manager went on to explain what kind of work will be done on the training pitch.

"We're trying to condense some of the work. We don't want to work as long or as extensively over as many days, but we still want to maintain the condition of the players. A lot of it will be about stuff they can't do at home, such as group work.

"We still have to have some match play and technical work to try and keep the players in shape. We're taking all precautions; every player has a temperature test in the morning, and if theirs is too high then they go straight home, the same with anyone who has family members with symptoms. We're following government guidelines as much as we can, but at the same time we're trying to do the right thing that any business would.

"Until we're told that we can't do that, or it's not safe, then we'll continue doing what we're doing."

Watch the full interview with Gary Rowett above.

*This interview was conducted before the news of English football's further suspension until at least 30th April 2020.


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