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Gallen: Let’s Get This Season Finished

Assistant manager on games potentially being played behind closed doors

20 April 2020

Joe Gallen
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Joe Gallen admits that it would be strange to see games played at an empty Fratton Park.

But Pompey’s assistant manager knows that might be the only option available in order to get the 2019/20 campaign completed.

The Blues were sitting in fourth spot when the season was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And with just two points separating them from the automatic promotion spots, there is a desire to get back on the pitch again.

Gallen said: “Hopefully, once it is safe for football to be played again, we can get this season finished.

“There are a lot of rumours going around about games possibly having to be played behind closed doors.

"We will get back at some point and the players will have to be ready for that by staying in good condition."

Joe Gallen

“If that’s the case, then so be it. It wouldn’t be the same, though, especially at a club like Pompey where our fans play such a big role.

“We will get back at some point and the players will have to be ready for that by staying in good condition.

“They were set individual programmes and were all trying to outdo each other. They’ve been on their bikes and we can monitor the distances they’ve covered.

“But they’ll always try to keep themselves fit anyway. They know they have to do that because there’s no other option for a professional footballer.

“We had a lot of games prior to the lockdown and so it was nice to have a bit of a rest, but you have to be prepared.”

Several members of the squad have also been putting their free time to good use by delivering care packages to vulnerable people in the community.

Gallen said: “I’ve seen that they’ve been out volunteering and it shows what a good group of lads we’ve got.

“The football club is such an important part of this city and so it’s great we’ve been able to help those who need support the most.”

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