Academy and womens teams banished from Thorp Arch
10 Mar 2020 08:46 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 10th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Academy and womens teams banished from Thorp Arch amid fears of Corona Virus
Leeds have moved their academy and women's teams out of their Thorpe Arch training ground amid fears the coronavirus. The new measures are designed to reduce the risk of players and Management coming into contact with the virus known as COVID-19. The first team as well as the Under 23 and Uner 18 sides will continue to use the facilities for the time being. A club spokesman was quoted as saying...
Following the increased threat posed by COVID-19, we have taken the decision to temporarily move our women's side, as well as our academy teams, to new facilities to train at with immediate effect,'
We believe the fact that the facility is shared with our first team leaves us with little choice but to take this action, to protect Marcelo Bielsa's squad from any risk of coming into contact with anyone who has contracted the virus.
The Under 23 and Under 18 sides will continue to use Thorp Arch for the time being, but any further risk may result in those teams also staying away. All non-essential visitors will be prohibited.
Club discourage fans to celebrate after scoring
Leeds fans, widely known to be some of the most jubilant supporters in the Country are to be discouraged from celebrating after scoring! It will be easier said than done for the excitable flock from LS11, who would rather be swinging from the rafters or crowd surfing than a gentile round of applause and the occasional shout of bravo! The big screen at Elland Road will post information about good Hygiene. What are they trying to say?
A club spokesman was quoted as saying..
Information will be posted on the big screen, concourses and bathrooms to promote good hygiene. We actively encourage supporters to reconsider physical contact such as high fives, hugs etc. The team bus will pull up at a new location on the West Stand allowing the players to enter the dressing room area directly.
After the game we will ask the players to return to their vehicles and leave the group as quickly as possible. We appreciate that these actions will disappoint some supporters due to the reduced access to the players and staff, however we feel a duty of care to our community to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure everyone feels safe.
Augustin to stay after all
Leeds Journalist Phil Hay has given an update on Jean-Kevin Augustins future. The 22 year old Frenchman signed on loan in the January transfer window following a disappointing stint on loan at Monaco. Since his move six weeks ago, the former PSG hitman has managed only 49 minuters for Bielsa's side whilst the coaches try to get Augustines fitness and conditioning to an acceptable level. New information regarding Augustin's future indicate that Leeds have an obligation to sign big Kev for £17m, should they go up, but Augustin has the overall decision to stay or not!