Pep: We must help one another

Pep Clotet.
Pep Clotet.

Football is important to lots of people. We all love the game and it is part of our fabric of life. But at the moment it is not our priority.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet admits that football is not the top priority at present.

The Head Coach says that the lives and health of everyone is more important as the fight against the COVID-19 virus continues.

The Club has taken various measures at the ground and training ground to protect the well-being of all staff, supporters and clients.

The players are off training until Monday at the earliest as the Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Wast Hills, has gone into shutdown mode.

It is against this backdrop that Clotet spoke to and with uncertainty about when the Championship season will resume again remaining.

"We are no different to anyone else," he said. "This virus is affecting us like it would any individual, organistion or business.

"To be fair, we had prepared the Club and the training ground environment for some weeks now in order that we could make it as safe as possible for staff and players and take the necessary action.

"The situation we are seeing in the country and all over the world we all have to deal with it and get on with things the best we can.

"The focus at present has to be on our families, friends and making sure we can all stay as healthy as possible. That is our mentality.

"Football is important to lots of people. We all love the game and it is part of our fabric of life.

"But at the moment it is not our priority.

"As much as we miss football, the important thing at the moment are lives and people's health, above all else.

"I hope everybody can stay safe and I wish everyone who is ill or falls ill a quick recovery.

"Hopefully we get through this as good human beings - we don't fall into the dark side and start blaming and accusing.

"This is a pandemic, it is very serious. We all have to stick together and help one another to get by.

"We will have football to come back to. We don't know when, but it will still be there for us."

Blues are still having to prepare for resumption of action, whenever that may be.

The players of the men's and women's teams are currently undergoing their own personal training regimes off site at home.

"From a players perspective it is important we keep the fitness levels as high as possible whilst of course acting on the latest medical advice about what is best for their welfare," said Clotet.

"What we are seeing is mass disruption to the way we all work for an unknown period of time.

"We are very aware of the huge importance of the remaining games.

"I understand it can be very difficult to cope with this situation. You can easily lose focus.

"In these troubled times that is natural but when we come through this we have to try to get back down to business.

"But as I have said, the main thing at present is for everyone out there to help one another and look after one another."