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Potter, Arsenal, Klopp and those most impacted by the Premier League's break from football

09:15 BST 11/09/2022
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All football across the UK has been postponed this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and many within the game have been impacted

All football matches in the UK were postponed this weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sporting authorities were given the option to make a decision whether to play on, and the Football Association, the Premier League and English Football League confirmed on Friday that all matches will be off.

While many questioned the wisdom of the decision, there is no doubt that it will have a knock-on effect for many clubs players and coaches.

Irrespective of the circumstances, there will be some who could gain an advantage from a weekend break, but for others it will be an unfortunate interruption.

GOAL takes a look at those that will have been most affected by the shutdown and why...

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    Graham Potter

    Officially confirmed as the new Chelsea boss on Thursday, Potter was surely eager to get up and running in his new job with a London derby against Fulham.

    An extra few days on the training pitch, however, will likely help him settle into his new role, get to know his new squad and introduce some fresh ideas into a side that has lost three of their last five games.

    Potter will now start his reign against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League, in a game that Chelsea need to win after surprisingly losing their opener to Dinamo Zagreb.

    Depending on whether next weekend’s fixtures go ahead, his first Premier League match could also now be at Stamford Bridge and a huge clash with Liverpool, so extra preparations for a key double-header will be beneficial.

  • Odegaard Arsenal 2022

    Arsenal

    While a pause could help reset Chelsea’s stuttering form, the opposite is the case for Arsenal, who have made a brilliant start to the season.

    Last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United was a setback, but there were still plenty of positives in the way that Mikel Arteta’s side played at Old Trafford, and the early-season leaders will have been desperate to get back to Premier League action to put it right.

    It would have been a good time to play Sunday's scheduled visitors Everton, too, with the Toffees not having won all season and were likely to have several key players missing, including goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    And with closest rivals Manchester City and Tottenham facing-off at the Etihad Stadium, it would have been a good opportunity to extend their lead over one or both.

  • Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2022

    Jurgen Klopp

    With an injury crisis and defensive issues, a weekend off might help Liverpool after a crazy start to the season.

    Liverpool's injury list is one of the longest in the Premier League, but Klopp at least welcomed Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota back to his matchday squad in recent days and can give them extra time to be fully fit to start matches soon.

    More pressing is a backline that shipped four goals against Napoli, with the reliable Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez in worrying form.

    Klopp questioned his players’ “attitudes” on the opening day of the season and may use this unexpected time off to help spark a revival.

  • Alexis Mac Allister Brighton 2022-23

    Brighton

    With Potter's departure coming late in the week, it might come as a relief that Brighton have extra time to find a replacement.

    An interim management team that included experienced midfielder Adam Lallana were set to take charge for the trip to Bournemouth, but after a remarkable start that has seen them move up to fourth in the Premier League, it would be a frustration to be undercooked for a game that they would hope to take three points from.

    Next weekend's game against Crystal Palace has already been postponed because of a rail strike, meaning that the Seagulls have until after the international break to make an appointment before their next game.

  • Haaland Sevilla Manchester City

    English clubs' European opponents

    There are some mouthwatering European ties involving English clubs coming up this midweek, including Manchester City's clash with Borussia Dortmund and Ajax visiting Anfield to take on Liverpool.

    But while teams from around the continent have continued playing over the weekend, Premier League teams have been able to rest, and therefore could be far more dangerous when the games kick-off.

    There is a chance that the Premier League clubs could lose a bit of rhythm, but given the frantic nature of the footballing calendar, an extra few days of recovery is likely to be a big advantage for the English teams.

  • Crystal Palace fans

    Brighton and Crystal Palace fans

    While Brighton may be happy to have more time to sort out their coaching staff, the supporters are facing a long gap without football.

    The derby between the two sides scheduled for September 17 was postponed earlier in the week due to planned rail strikes.

    With neither side playing in Europe and an international break on the horizon, the two teams will now have to wait until October 1 for their next Premier League games.

    That means supporters won't get to see their team action for nearly a month, and that's with a six-week break for the World Cup coming later in the year too.

  • Gary O'Neil

    Gary O’Neil

    A fortnight after Bournemouth sacked Scott Parker, the Cherries are still to appoint a permanent boss.

    O'Neil has been in temporary charge and guided them to four points from their last two games – a goalless draw at home to Wolves and a stunning comeback win 3-2 at Nottingham Forest.

    On the back of the 9-0 humiliation at Liverpool, it's an impressive turnaround and could lead to the 39-year-old being considered for the position permanently.

    A home game with a Brighton side in managerial turmoil could have given him the opportunity to press his claim even further, but now they must start preparing for the long trip north to take on Newcastle instead.

  • England cricket

    Other sports

    While football moved swiftly to cancel all matches after the death of the Queen, other sports decided not to follow.

    Among them was cricket, with the Test match between England and South Africa able to pay a stirring and emotional tribute to the monarch.

    The Queen's favourite sport, horse racing, also continued, as did major events in golf, rugby union and rugby league.

    A decision to postpone the calendar was a huge own goal by football, while the decision to call off children's and grassroots matches has been met with total bafflement.