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Rangnick Says Changing Schedules Is Like “Abolishing the Queen”

Manchester United’s interim coach has offered his unique take on the current impact of COVID-19 on English football season’s calendar. Ralf Rangnick has joked over the notion of doing away with the traditional Premier League festive schedule (the football news). Among other news in England’s Premier League football today, German coach Rangnick says changing schedules is like “abolishing the Queen”.

Rangnick Says Changing Schedules Is Like “Abolishing the Queen”

The English top-flight has long been the only major European league to continue playing domestic games despite several COVID outbreaks. They have played all the way through the winter as per schedule despite calls for a firebreak (football prediction).

A change in format has indeed been suggested this season as the latest Covid-19 wave has led to multiple postponements.

But Ralf Rangnick, for one, would oppose to a break during the winter festivities to instead side with historical convention.

Speaking ahead of United’s trip to Newcastle on Monday night, the German head coach told MUTV: “I’ve watched Premier League football for the last 40 years, so when it was also the First Division, and I know what kind of tradition it is to play football over Christmas and on Boxing Day, the 27th, the 30th and even New Year’s Day or the 2nd January.

“So if somebody came across the idea to abolish [that] then we might as well speak about abolishing the five o’clock tea or the Queen or whatever – this is all part of the tradition of this country and I’m very much looking forward to being part of this for the first time in my career.”

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