Morecambe boss: Fans decision is a difficult one

Morecambe manager Derek Adams has mixed views on the scenario allowing some clubs to play in front of supporters earlier than others.

Friday, 11th December 2020, 12:30 pm

Ten of the 24 clubs in League Two are in tier three of the government’s post-lockdown locations, pending a review on December 16.

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However, the remaining 13 clubs – Barrow, Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers, Harrogate Town, Leyton Orient, Southend United, Stevenage and Tranmere Rovers – are allowed a maximum of 2,000 fans at the moment.

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After nine months of empty stadiums – barring safety stewards, media and club officials – Morecambe are due to play in front of fans for the first time at Colchester United on December 19.

“It’s the situation we’re in,” a philosophical Adams said of some clubs being allowed fans and others not.

“It’s unfair but there’s nothing we can do about it. There are many things that are unfair in life that we have to get on with.

“This is a situation where the government and the EFL are trying to get supporters back into football but they can only do it in a safe and proper way.

“Unfortunately for Morecambe, at this moment in time, they are in tier three which doesn’t help but that’s where we’re at.”

Managers up and down the land have had their say on the return of supporters.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa, whose side lies in tier three, believes allowing clubs in tiers one and two to let in a limited number of supporters penalises those who must continue behind closed doors.

His Brighton and Hove Albion counterpart, Graham Potter, whose club welcomed back fans for last Monday’s loss to Southampton, said their return wouldn’t always benefit the home team.

That view is one with which Adams agrees, adding: “It can work both ways.

“When there’s a home crowd at some venues and that team is losing, then it might be a problem.

“I do think having supporters back will definitely help the players going forward.”

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