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Low: Our families come first in crisis

By Sean McAngus

Inverurie Locos boss Andy Low says that the club are taking each week as it comes after Scottish FA suspended football in the country indefinitely due to coronavirus.

Last Friday the Joint Response Group confirmed the decision of the Scottish FA Board to suspend all domestic professional and grassroots football under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA until further notice.

He told the Advertiser: “Obviously it is something we haven’t dealt with before but for me personally and the club we are trying to deal with it on a weekly basis.

“I don’t think you can look too far ahead as we are not in a position to do that.

“You really have to rely on the people above us in the club to instruct us on what to do.

“At this moment in time we have given the guys the week off.

“We will review it again next weekend.”

Andy Low says that families come first. Picture: Paul Douglas
Andy Low says that families come first. Picture: Paul Douglas

Low insists that everyone’s families come first in the current shutdown of football across the nation.

He added: “First and foremost the guys and their families have got to look after themselves, that’s how I am looking at it from a manager’s point of view.

“From my point of view in terms of the players I’m just trying to communicate with them as much as possible.

“They are a great bunch of lads and tend to look after themselves well anyway.

The players will be doing their bit but it will be difficult.

“I would rather be training but you have to think about the players’ families.

“Their parents, grandparents and you can’t take any chances when there is no end goal.

“If somebody said to me the season started at the end of April then you have something to prepare for.

“At this moment in time with nothing to prepare for,

"I feel it is best to be safe and make sure everyone is fine.

"We can all do our own bit if we trust each other. “

"I would rather be training but you have to think about the players' families."

Locos are currently sitting second in the table with four games left to play.

The Scottish FA and SPFL will continue to liaise with governments and Uefa in relation to domestic, European and International fixtures in the coming days and more information will be communicated at the appropriate time.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said at the time of the decision: “Announcement is made in the interests of public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, and staff across the game.”

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