English football 'working' return date revealed as Newcastle United could be set for Wembley dates

English football clubs are reportedly working towards a June 6 return date, which could see Newcastle United back in action in just 54 days.

Monday, 13th April 2020, 1:09 pm
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 1:29 pm
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: General view outside Wembley Stadium on March 14, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

According to a report on ESPN, the date has been set as a ‘working’ target for clubs in the Football League, which is also likely to see the Premier League follow suit.

Football has been suspended in the top flight since the weekend of Saturday, March 7, when United beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium in a Premier League relegation battle. Officially the top flight is suspended indefinitely, with member clubs keen to see a resolution to the current campaign rather than call an end to 2019/20 early, which has happened further down the English football pyramid.

Meanwhile, the Times are reporting the Football Association have offered the use of Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park, Burton, as neutral venues should it help to get the 2019/20 Premier League season completed.

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As is the case in Germany, which has set a May return date, games are likely to go behind-closed-doors in England to finish the campaign, with the prospect of fan-free football played out for much of the year due the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the UK and Europe.

Playing games at neutral venues with centralised camps has been floated to clubs as members seek to navigate a way to get football back on the agenda. The use of the national training base would limit travel of club staff, players and officials amid the national crisis.