West Ham United are waiting to discover how the Premier League plans to finish what remains of the season.
All football has been shut down until April 30th at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It brought a sudden halt to West Ham’s battle against relegation and a plethora of other issues yet to be decided with a quarter of the season remaining.
There has been fervent debate, speculation and growing uncertainty over what will happen to the remainder of the campaign.
West Ham relegation battle in limbo
Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady was widely criticised for writing in The Sun that the season should be “null and void”.
Others feel the season must be completed, no matter when, to maintain the integrity of the competition and football as a whole.
With the league in limbo the Hammers are currently outside the bottom three on goal difference.
At a meeting on last week, UEFA agreed to postpone next summer’s Euro 2020 finals by a year in order to free up space for leagues across Europe to finish their domestic campaigns.
According to The Mirror, European football’s governing body has demanded the Premier League is finished by the end of June.
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Doubts have been raised over the possibility of football being back by then, let alone the season being finished.
But West Ham and the rest of the Premier League have been given some hope of returning sooner rather than later by Southampton CEO Martin Semmens.
“We hope to get the league done by the end of June and that would be easier for everybody,” Semmens told BBC Radio Solent, as reported by BBC Sport.
“As soon as you go past that date (June 30) there are then those legal challenges and issues that we have to fulfil.
“But if we end up playing until 15 July and you had to extend a players contract by two weeks, I just don’t think when you look at all the challenges the country is facing right now, to try and convince a player to play two more weeks football and get paid very nicely to do it before he moves to a new club, I don’t believe that will be a substantial challenge.
‘It is not actually as difficult as it sounds, that part of it’
“The challenge is making sure we don’t have a knock-on effect into other seasons and make football compromised as the years go on.
“If people are home for another month and there is a Premier League football game on the TV every day, that can only be a good thing. Not because we are more essential than the NHS, but because we can add something to the country to give people some entertainment and show we are fighting back and the country will survive this.
“All we’ve got to do is say we all want to play in this window and play football games on a certain date, it is not actually as difficult as it sounds, that part of it.”
Given West Ham’s remaining fixtures, survival is very much in the hands of David Moyes and his players.
The Hammers had found some good form, and have the best squad in the bottom six.