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Cullen: 2020/21 start date still to be determined

Executive Director says many factors will decide when Dons can begin next season...

16 June 2020

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Executive Director Andrew Cullen says a start date for the 2020/21 campaign is, as yet, unknown, with Coronavirus pandemic, ultimately, the deciding factor in when MK Dons will return to action.

The Dons haven’t crossed the white line since their Sky Bet League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers on 7 March and with the 2019/20 campaign having been curtailed, it remains to be seen when they will next take to the pitch.

“Clearly people are very interested to know when next season may start,” Executive Director Andrew Cullen recognised in his interview with iFollow MK Dons following the announcement that League One clubs had voted to formally end the 2019/20 season.

“From a planning and preparation perspective, people want to know and that’s not just clubs but also for fans as well. It was one of the questions put to the League.

“There are all sorts of factors predicating against making a decision as to when next season will start. The Championship season isn’t likely to finish until early August, so it’s very likely we won’t be starting on 1st August, which was the original start date. The Premier League will have a bearing on it too.

“Personally, I think we’re looking at the beginning of September to the middle of September. Perhaps, as well, that will give us the best prospect of playing those initial games in front of supporters– whether that’s on a socially distanced basis or not, or not at all, remains to be seen.

“Ultimately, the virus will decide and therefore we can’t give a firm date on when that will happen.”

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