Inside the Box with Alan Bennett - Don't start planning those holidays just yet...
Nobody wants to leave League Two football.
The Championship and League One have both started to resolve the matters of relegation and promotion. but with two games left in League Two nothing has been decided.
The three clubs trying to get automatic promotion are not certain, the four clubs trying to get into the play-offs are not certain, and probably the most uncertain are the teams trying to beat the drop from the Football League.
One thing for certain is it will go down to the last day and probably the last few minutes of the game.
There are six massive points still on offer to all - and teams and players, managers and fans will all be desperate to have them for different reasons.
There are probably eight teams out of the 24 who are in mid-table no man’s land heading into the last two games but can still play a part in what’s to be decided.
It makes for a very exciting last two games.
With the off season on the horizon, players will no doubt be getting all sorts of questions from family or loved ones about potential holidays and making plans.
"Eh I’m not sure yet, we’ll have to wait and see" will be the general response to most of the questions about the off season.
The repercussions from promotions, play-offs or relegations for the player and the club have to be planned for.
The financial changes that may occur with contracts changing or coming to an end, the season could be extended for another few weeks if the play-off final is reached.
Players can’t plan more than two weeks in advance.
This is fine if you’re a top end player and can afford to wait until the last minute and just pay whatever price you want for a holiday taking everyone away with you.
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When you’re on a budget and trying to keep everyone happy it’s a different matter.
Factor in children and partners who have to book time off work then it becomes complicated.
I understand that some people will say football players have long enough time off with the six weeks most footballers get in the summer, factor in no Christmas holidays, no Easter holidays, no bank holidays and it seems about the right amount of time off.
Despite having these issues on the horizon, players must and will concentrate on the right now.
The next training session, the travel arrangements and the preparation for the game at the weekend are all vitally important.
Unlike other professions where the weeks leading up to a planned holiday are spent possibly day dreaming about relaxing - this is not good in sport and any drifting in concentration could be costly.
For teams, players and fans directly involved in matters at both ends of the table it’s both exciting and a nervous time.
Players try to relax and fans get behind their team until the last minute of the last game. This is why we all love football.
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