Friday, 22 May 2020


Darrell Clarke on Adapting to the Ever-Changing Landscape

Darrell Clarke on Adapting to the Ever-Changing Landscape

As the EFL continue to make steady progress towards a decision on how the 2019/20 campaign will end, Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press and admitted he and his players must be able to adapt to the changing landscape.
With the EFL set to use an un-weighted points-per-game system to decide the final placings in League Two, Clarke's Saddlers are set for a welcome top-half finish, as their pre-lockdown form saw them build a gap over the troubled teams and allow the gaffer to plan for the future.

Just yesterday, following another series of conference calls, the EFL released a statement setting out its final framework for ending the season, rejecting League Two's initial proposal to cancel promotion and relegation in favour of following tradition.

Under the system, the Saddlers, who currently sit 14th in the fourth tier of the English game and have an all-important game in hand, would finish 12th and Clarke is keen for his club to prepare well for football’s eventual return.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "The case for football managers is to adapt to things that perhaps we didn’t prepare for, we’ve had to tweak and change along the way.

"Adapting to the different circumstances as we go along and with the pitches and the training ground we’ve done that. First and foremost it’s about the health and well-being of my staff and players, that is paramount.

"We need to be as professional as we can be with the ever moving circumstances, so we’re well prepared. My players are working very hard in the background and we’re monitoring that.

"We’re training to be as positive as we can be and the main thing is that they’re all good and their families are good."

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